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5 Layers to Building a Culture of Retention: Quality of Life


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Do you remember when the only people on-call 24/7 were emergency workers?


Back then, there was a much clearer divide between work and life. Once you left the “office,” you could focus your attention on whatever was happening at home until you returned to work.


These days, it’s far less simple. We live in a world of instant gratification, where smart phones and watches and other devices ping and ding at all hours, programming us to always be on-call.


This has blurred the separation between our personal and professional lives, leading to enormous amounts of stress, emotional exhaustion, and burnout within our centers.


But contrary to popular rhetoric, the answer isn’t to return to a complete separation.


In fact, I don’t think there was ever a real separation between work and home. So much of what we do professionally impacts our personal lives and vice versa.


What we need is to find harmony between the two worlds.


By creating space for your staff to enrich their lives through activities and experiences that exist beyond their professional lives, the more likely they are to feel fulfilled in their work and want to stick around.


In this week’s podcast episode, I’m continuing our multipart series on building a culture of retention within your center. 

This time, we’re focusing on quality of life and how it impacts your staff’s performance, wellbeing, and willingness to stay.


Join me for a conversation about:


  • The impact of instant gratification on our ability to create a work-life balance
  • Why we need harmony rather than separation between work and home
  • How to create that harmony within your center
  • Specific strategies to encourage work-life harmony and integration


Work-life balance isn’t a new topic of conversation, but it’s an important one that will continue to impact your center as our world rapidly changes. Be sure to tune in for concrete strategies that can help you evolve with the times and create a healthier environment within your school.


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 Quality of life is an ongoing topic of conversation within our Owner’s Only HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. If you’re looking to get support and solutions from other leaders who are on the same journey, I encourage you to fill out an application. In addition to an incredible community, members also gain access to tools, resources, and coaching that can help them build schools of excellence.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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