What contributes to staff morale?
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|Sun, 03-12-2006 - 3:50pm|
Staff morale is at an all time low in our building due to many circumstances (mainly a difficult principal.) I brought it up to our principal (I'm the union rep and faculty council rep) and she suggested I do a session on staff morale. To get us started I put up 3 graphs for staff to complete during their break. The first each staff member was to indicate how he/she thought the morale was in our building, the second was to indicate how each staff member felt he/she was supported by other staff, and the third was to indicate how each staff member felt he/she was supported by administration. The graphs showed everyone felt morale was low, everyone felt supported by other staff, and most people felt unsupported by admin. Comments to be read at the meeting were submitted to me annonymously. I shared the graphs at the meeting, we discussed the concerns, some additional concerns were added. One group decided to have a morning prayer group, more people decided to have more staff outings outside of school, and everyone wants more consistent discipline in the school and support from administration. When I met with the principal she was disappointed WE didn't come up with more suggestions on how to improve staff morale. She refuses to hear that she contributes to the problem by yelling at staff in front of students, being completely negative on evaluations, pitting staff members against each other, showing favoritism, and squashing any plans we make and don't get approved by her. (I put up a sign up by our mail boxes for a Valentine's Day staff potluck and she took it down because it wasn't approved by her!)
So anyone have any ideas on what WE can do because she will not change. It's her third and final year in her contract and we are hoping the school board will not renew her. I've already been to the board meeting to speak about her and several parents and staff members have been to the superintendent. She has had many grievances filed against her.