Thursday, February 25, 2010
One of the dreaded parts of administration is when a staff member isn’t living up to expectations and has to be written up so they can attend to the areas they need to improve.
We have very high standards at St. Joseph’s, so improvement plans are put in place occasionally.
But today, I enjoyed a more joyful kind of write up! I wrote letters of congratulations to the winners of this year’s service awards.
We had a large number of nominations to look over. Staff are nominated by their peers for going above and beyond the ordinary effort and seting a good example for others.
So many of our team members have invested all of themselves in their efforts to serve our children well, and they are passionate about what we do at St. Joseph’s.
People from several different areas won – houseparents, teachers, development staff, a cook in the dining hall.
It takes all of us working together to meet the needs of our students. Some staff have added responsibilities of supervision, but we’re in this together. The custodian cleaning classrooms can do as much to contribute to morale and success as I can.
We need each other. And it’s good to stop once in a while and say thank you and congratulations to those who go the extra mile!