TEACHERS – Why are you here? part 2

Unless an employee entirely understands what they do, they can easily fail on WHY they are there. However, good communication provides a better understanding to all employees of their job, and more importantly how they fit into the WHY or the mission of the company.

Employees, who believe that what they do is the only reason WHY they are there, may have a demoralizing effect on other divisions because others tend to feel isolated from the rest of the company.

Many times, there is a misconception among some of the employees that the real reasons for them coming to work are their personal reasons. These reasons might range from “The money”, “The commute distance”, “The area where the office is situated”, etc. These personal reasons tend to create differences between employees as every individual is motivated to work only because of his/her personal reasons and not for “The Company”.

Extrapolating this example in our present context, it becomes easier to understand that all teachers in our schools understand the real WHY they are there. It is the school’s responsibility to ensure that every teacher’s reason for working in the school is: To educate students in a safe and motivating school environment.

Further, the communication between the teachers and school administration should be clear and everyone should be focused on the “WHY” of their being there in the school. Each and every person should understand that it is not only their own job that’s important but the jobs being undertaken by others are also equally important as every single job and every single task done is important for achieving the “WHY”.

When this communication is clear, there will be a greater appreciation of each other’s contributions and an increase in respect for one another and their value to the school.

The teachers must understand that whatever they do not only goes towards educating students in a safe and motivating school environment but also pertains to other aspects of schooling.

This implies that the teachers are ALL involved in this epidemic called bullying. Teachers need to be trained on school bullying policies and procedures / to know what to do if a child reports to them that they have been bullied (document, report, and follow up.) At the time of this book, some schools across North America have started to train their teachers.

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