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5 Staff Wellbeing Ideas that don’t cost a penny.

Updated: Sep 19, 2021

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

Is there a culture of giving at your college? Creating an uplifting and empowered environment comes down to the culture you create. A culture where staff feel safe, supported, and stimulated can only positively affect your learners. Recognising your staff is key to future success. Here are 5 things to consider when creating your rewards culture. 1. Write staff personal notes on small thank you cards.

Recognise something specific that they have done, and make sure you sign it personally. We all know the surprise and delight that comes with these types of gestures, and research shows these light-touch types of rewards can supply staff with a much-needed morale boost, especially in light of the recent challenges with covid. 2. Consider when you are awarding recognition. In this example, you might want to think about the frequency of rewarding recognition. Once on an employee focus group call, a staff member said to me. "I love we have an awards ceremony at the end of the year, but I can't help thinking that at those other times in the year when we are struggling, that's when we need recognition the most." This is an extremely insightful comment, especially given the challenge of end of term pressures within the education sector. Do not wait until the end of the year to give the rewards and recognition your staff deserve at that moment. 3. Win Whole College Awards for Wellbeing Suppose you are designing a wellbeing program. Aim to include the whole college and focus on aligning your interventions to awarding bodies within your sector. In this example, that AoC has a Health and Wellbeing Charter, you can align your strategy to. Winning an award like this will have multiple benefits for your college. Including giving staff a much-needed morale boost and supporting the attraction of new staff and students, increased recognition within your community increased funding opportunities and increased staff retention, which can be high in the SEND education sector. 4. Remember that employees are often driven to support others and create positive impacts on them. Salary is often less important to your staff than recognition. 5. It must become your culture. This type of culture starts at the top of any organisation. Set your stall out from the top. You may even want to get governors to start the recognition process and have a month of passing on recognition. You may want to buy small thank you cards and hand them to your managers to pass on whenever they feel like great work has been completed. I've personally tried this with a tiny team, and it works wonders. Not only does my team feel valued, but I feel great seeing their reaction and feel proud to be valuing their hard work. Now go and try these small gestures of kindness and see what happens.

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