Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Well being - we all need it!

Spotted in a UK school recently was a 'well being' room for students (and staff - after school). It reminded me of when working in the Education Ministry of the Cayman Islands. We had our own small 'relaxation' or 'de-stress' room, complete with reclining chair, soft lighting, fabric round the walls for atmosphere, soft music and joss sticks to light (if you could bear the smell!). If you were having a bad day you could spend a period of time in there in peace and calm.

We do need to value and look after our staff, they are always our greatest resource. Another school organised massages and well being events for its staff during developmental days - great! But these things can be just a little superficial (although popular).
The whole approach to working with a staff team is about every aspect of the relationship. In these days of extremely rapid change, the team is essential - the relationships crucial. It is not just education that is changing, students are and inevitably, staff are as well - they have to.
How we treat them has to be as outstanding and equal to (or better) than anywhere in the professional workforce. The need for true professionalism cannot be in doubt.
How was the 'de-stress' room used in the Ministry - the excellent thought was there, but the problem was everyone was too busy to use it!
Perhaps we all really do need to evaluate our work practices!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

a true comment - teachers have to be tretaed well... having said that tey have to act professionaly as well!

Anonymous said...

a true comment - teachers have to be tretaed well... having said that tey have to act professionaly as well!

Anonymous said...

The code of conduct will see to that!

Anonymous said...

The code of conduct is a very frightening thing. Read it. I am an upstanding citizen, but it scares the hell out of me. Read it!