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Hola friends! New week and it's so awesome to wake up and not have anywhere to be super quick. I've been watching GMA and sipping coffee, and now here I am with all of you!
When planning prompts for this BTBC16, I sent some ideas out to friends, and one friend suggested today's - building relationships with colleagues. Super important, we have to love where we work, right? I will never be the person who continues to work at a place that drains me, so I take it upon myself to share sunshine around our building (also, that's what our school calls our school culture group of teachers!) Here are a few things we did last year that were super fun and build positive staff morale.
1. Birthday Beads
Our Sunshine group decided to recognize everyone on their birthday with an email to the staff and birthday beads for them to wear all day. It wasn't a huge thing, but it's nice to be remembered! We think everyone liked it lots!
2. Staff Shout Out Board
We put up a shout out board in the lounge for people to add notes of appreciation for their colleagues. This made me so happy - I loved seeing positivity in the lounge!
3. Mailbox Appreciations
We all took a turn to do little mailbox appreciations - just a little note with maybe some candy once a month. Jennie created a Pinterest board to throw ideas in there, and then we all signed up for a month to deliver this mailbox positivity!
4. Payday Treats
We set up a sign-up for teams to bring in Payday Monday treats - the Monday after payday, there would be snacks in the lounge for everyone, and then since we brought them on Monday, we'd spend the week enjoying them before school and at lunch. We all love bonding around food, am I right?
We also planned events once a month (maybe just slightly less) for us to get together and hang out - a happy hour, painting party, and potluck lunches on our Institute days.
There are so many things you can do to build positive staff morale, and it's so important to do so! One thing I always remember too, is to praise in public and vent in private. There were just a few times when the lounge would become negative, and in those instances, I just thought it better to remove myself from the situation.
On a personal level, I think that keeping positive relationships with colleagues involves talking about conflict at one point or another. When things bother me, I do my best to address them face to face. Brene Brown's research shows that people who maintain positive boundaries are the most loving, which is why even though it's hard to do so, addressing issues is super important. Easier said than done though!
What are you doing to build positive relationships with the staff (or students) in your building? Can't wait to hear your ideas!