Effective Education Leaders Give Rewards
People often seek acknowledgment from people they follow, that is why it is essential to reward your team members for their hard work, especially when they go above and beyond the call of duty. Financial rewards are excellent but thoughtful; personal rewards can be more impactful.
Making a case for rewards
You may say that receiving a paycheck should be reward enough, but have you taken a look at teacher salaries lately? Many teachers all over America are working at least 2 jobs just to make ends meet. In several states, they have organized protests and strikes to demand a livable wage. Teachers are the lowest paid of all professionals with 4-year degrees, and they are sick and tired of being undervalued.
Education leaders should offset this by giving their teachers rewards to show them how much they are valued. Here is how you can do it. Contact local, state, and national businesses and ask if they would be willing to donate gift cards to your teachers. Let them know that it is all a part of your system of rewarding teachers for going above and beyond the call of duty.
At the end of every semester, distribute these gift cards equally among your staff with a little note of appreciation. It’s not a million bucks, but it is a token of your appreciation for all that they do. Make sure that all of the gift cards are well thought out and personal, which can give the reward a special touch.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and be recognized for a job well done. This includes teachers, education leaders, and all other professionals. Since we already now that this is a surety, why do some leaders refuse to provide rewards for their employees? Many believe that you shouldn’t be rewarded for a job that you get paid to do, and some are just doing things the way that they have always seen them done. In the end, everyone loses, and the organization’s productivity suffers. Don’t be that person.