Research from the Boston Consulting Group and The Network show employees around the world most need to know their work is valued and appreciated. Appreciation is ranked even higher than salary or benefits. Therefore most schools have programs geared to recognizing individuals who work at an institution, they are well established and known by the community.
CMS hosts an entire week of staff appreciation in the month of April. This week brings the entire community together to celebrate and show gratitude to whose who work hard in every corner of our school.
Fortunately in a community conducive of excellence and innovation our appreciation neither beings nor ends on appreciation week. On the contrary a year-round calendar of activities covers different groups of people working at school. Staff dinner parties at the beginning and end of the year are followed by monthly birthday/events celebrations. Faculty meetings always start or end with appreciation for one another and sharing good news that happen inside or outside school. Maintenance staff receives generous gifts and baskets before the December holidays and faculty and staff (including maintenance and clerks) gather at a Holiday Gala. Lunches for faculty are organized once a month for our professional development afternoon. Snacks are provided at teacher forums and a luncheon is organized by the PTO on Thanksgiving. Tokens and small gifts are always given to faculty and staff by the different Student Organizations.
I could go on and on and it becomes an endless list of activities and events that are organized throughout the year to appreciate and celebrate one another. Each division, organization and group strives to show gratitude and make people feel appreciated at work, not because research says so but because we can feel it in the hallways, the gardens, the workshops and the classrooms; when people are appreciated and cared for they are happy and their happiness is contagious to our students, colleagues, parents and everyone who is part of our school community.
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