This unique resource addresses one of the most challenging workplace issues facing employers today- the ability to encourage employees’ creativity, productivity, and long-term commitment to an organization. Written specifically for the early childhood field, this text respects and acknowledges the unique challenges faced in early education settings. It is written in a reader-friendly style and offers a wealth of everyday strategies and innovative ideas for motivating employee performance. The basic principles of motivational theory are explained in an easy-to-understand manner and practical ideas for increasing staff morale, encouraging quality performance and retaining employees are discussed. Each chapter of the text includes connecting points, case studies, and application activities to illustrate and reinforce the content. Quotes by notable individuals add to reader interest and emphasize the critical importance of motivational leadership skills. Several chapters are devoted to how-to strategies (monetary and non-monetary) and simple, practical ideas for motivating employees. Additional references (books, articles, and web resources) are also provided, making this text a must-have resource for anyone in a supervisory role.
Chapter 1: The Role of Motivation in Early Childhood Programs
Chapter 2: Early Childhood Settings: Unique Challenges in the Workplace
Chapter 3: The Motivational Leader
Chapter 4: It''s the Little Things that Count: Everyday Ideas
Chapter 5: Organizational Incentives
Chapter 6: Conclusions