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5 ways schools can show appreciation for staff

Our Director of Programmes, Faye McGuinness looks at how schools can show they appreciate their staff and ensure mental health and wellbeing is placed at the heart of decision making.

Summary of the main points

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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How we can help 

Our helpline is an essential lifeline for teachers and education staff who are struggling. It is free, confidential and available 24/7 on 08000 562561.

Our Employee Assistance Programme is a cost-effective staff wellbeing package that can transform your team's wellbeing. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch