Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 | Employment
Teachers want to know that people notice. This may be their colleagues, other schools, and especially the learners and their parents.
Teachers want their principals to notice the job that is being done. They want to know that their leaders know what is happening in the classroom.
Teachers like to know that what they do matters and that it is important to the school. This means they want to know and feel that they make a difference. They want to build and have a good reputation.
Teachers want to have the tools needed to do the job well. It is frustrating when equipment doesn’t work, or if it takes a long time to be fixed. Teachers want to have what it takes to get the job done. [This is particularly true when technology has been introduced into the school – school managers have the responsibility to see to it that digital tools are well maintained].
Teachers want to know they are supported. This means the principal must be approachable and is part of the team. The leader listens and helps them solve problems. There is a feeling of working together towards a common goal.
Teachers want to feel a part of the big picture and to know they are appreciated. They are motivated when they are treated as the asset they are.
[This posting is adapted from Liz Cosline’s blog posting: “What Really Motivates Employees?”]