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Creating a Positive Work Environment

by Susan Anderson
May/June 2010
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I firmly believe happy staff make for happy classrooms and happy classrooms make for happy children. However, with all the pressures facing child care programs — from the economy to state requirements — creating and maintaining a positive work environment becomes tougher and tougher.

The importance of a positive work environment

You may be surprised to learn that money isn't the key to retaining staff; a positive work environment is. The Leadership Challenge found that "how long employees stay at a company, and how productive they are there, is determined by the relationship they have with their immediate supervisor" (Kouzes & ­Posner, 2002, p. 317). A paycheck will get a job done, but it doesn't guarantee the job will be done well.

Now that you've seen the importance of creating a positive work environment, let's look at some easy ways to get started.

Bring your best self

While driving into work one morning I noticed I felt dread and apprehension. Would my boss be in a good mood? Would I spend the day calming challenging children? Would the papers on my desk pile up even more? I realized I was adding to the stress and negativity at work and vowed to bring my best self ...

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