5 ways schools can show appreciation for staff

Who have you shown appreciation to today?

Our Director of Programmes, Faye McGuinness looks at how schools can show they appreciate their staff.


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Strong workplace relationships are vital for good workplace wellbeing. Many good workplace relationships are underpinned by a sense of appreciation. 

Watch the video and read on to understand how you can foster a sense of appreciation at work. 

5 ways schools can show appreciation for staff


Listen to your staff

If staff feel listened to, they will feel appreciated. Schools need to understand their staff’s mental health and wellbeing needs.

Does your school carry out an annual staff survey? Even better, are there regular pulse checks to understand ongoing issues?

You might not be able to solve everything but it’s important to understand them.


Make a plan

Create a plan to support staff mental health and wellbeing.

This should be informed by all the insights gathered via staff engagement.

Responding to staff concerns shows that you take their views seriously.


Promote a culture of openness

Feeling like your voice is valued is really important for fostering a sense of appreciation.

It’s important that staff can talk about challenges and how they feel. This will create an environment where staff feel psychologically safe.


Invest in your leadership team

Line management relationships have a direct impact on workplace satisfaction – and therefore overall wellbeing!

Make sure that line managers are trained to identify when people are struggling, and to have conversations about mental health and wellbeing.


Support people when they are not at their best

We’re all human and we all face challenging times. Ensuring staff feel supported when they are struggling is the clearest way to show your appreciation.

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