Following a proposal from one of our Directors I’ve been working on a series of in-service loyalty awards. The policy applies equally to all staff employed by the Trust and is based on total years of continuous service with us. How would you view these proposals? Would you think it’s tokenism, be suspicious of “the management” or welcome the fact that your service has been recognised?
The in-service awards, if adopted, will replace the Long Service Award, given at retirement following twenty five years of employment. Many schools have this long service on retirement award. Our idea was to recognise more people, earlier in their career and whilst they were still with us. It’s part of our attempt to be seen as the employer of first choice in the area, the type of schools where people want to work. A union representative said they had never seen anything like it, which I’ve taken as a positive comment. The proposed in-service awards are:
The “monetary award” will be given in vouchers or as a gift up to the value stated. If you are thinking of doing something similar you won’t believe the tax issues you have to wrestle with; this is attempt number four.
Over the years I’ve come to realise and accept that a staff body is made up of a very diverse group of people and there is nowt so queer as folk. Almost anything you propose, whether it’s a day’s holiday or a bit of cash will be met with diametrically opposed responses. It’s part of the reality, fun and burden of leadership. Here are a few of the different perspectives I might receive as part of the consultation (or may not receive but someone might think to themselves):
We’ve Come to Work …
- I’ve come here to work and with thirteen weeks holiday I shouldn’t expect any more
- Missing classes, I’m paid to teach, is inappropriate and sets a bad example to pupils
- If there is spare money in the budget we should spend it on the pupils
What’s He Up To …
- Mark my words there’s trouble ahead, you don’t get something for nothing
- This is no more than a bribe to make us stay and a sign of management desperation
- It would be much better if they actually got to grips with <add your own issue here> rather than mess about with this irrelevant policy no one wants
It’s Great to Be Recognised …
- Having worked here for ten years it’s lovely to be recognised with an extra day’s holiday, I’ll save it to the summer after the exam classes have left.
- I’m going to take my toddler’s birthday off and spend it with her/him. What a great way to have some family time.
- I going to buy <add your preferred gift here>. After twenty years’ service it will be a wonderful reminder of all the pupils I teach/I’ve taught and the great colleagues I work/I’ve worked with.
What would you have included in your school’s in-service award scheme? If you would like to see the details of the scheme it is available here.
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