What can we do about the CBA attitude that we see in our nurseries?

What can we do about the CBA attitude that we see in our nurseries?

March 25, 2024

All too often we hear from Managers and Owners who are frustrated by a Can’t Be A**** (CBA) attitude that they are seeing in their settings from their team. They reflect to us that “it’s never been this bad” and seek our support in what practical steps they can taken to address this for the benefit of all. You may find that CBA attitude is contagious and if one or more of the team demonstrate this behaviour, other people will start to copy it. For that reason, its important to address the attitude rather than hope it will go away by itself. When motivation and morale in general is lacking we recommend as a first step that Manager and Owner is to speak with their team to identify the root cause.

Other tips to address a lacking in motivation include:

  1. Set Clear Goals and Expectations: Ensure that each team member understands their role, how it contributes to the organisation’s objectives, and what is expected of them. Clear goals provide direction and a sense of purpose.
  2. Provide Regular Feedback and Recognition: Offer constructive feedback regularly and acknowledge the team’s efforts and achievements. Recognition can be a powerful motivator, making employees feel valued and appreciated.
  3. Offer Opportunities for Growth: Employees are more motivated when they see opportunities for personal and professional development. Offer training sessions, workshops, and chances for upward mobility within the organization.
  4. Foster a Positive Work Environment: Cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, support, and open communication. A positive and inclusive work environment can significantly boost team morale and motivation.
  5. Empower Your Team: Give employees more control over their work by allowing them to make decisions, solve problems, and have a say in how tasks are accomplished. Empowerment can enhance ownership and motivation.
  6. Ensure Work-Life Balance: Overworked employees are often demotivated. Promote a healthy work-life balance by encouraging breaks, respecting out-of-office hours, and offering flexible working arrangements when possible.
  7. Tailor Your Approach: Different individuals are motivated by different factors. Tailor your motivational strategies to fit the unique needs and preferences of each team member, whether it’s through financial incentives, career development opportunities, or more meaningful work.
  8. Communicate Vision and Value: Regularly communicate the organisation’s vision, mission, and how each team’s work contributes to the bigger picture. Understanding the impact of their work can enhance employees’ sense of purpose and motivation.
  9. Address Issues Promptly: If specific issues are demotivating the team, address them head-on. This might involve conflict resolution, workload adjustments, or changes in team dynamics.

Addressing a CBA attitude will take time. It’s like moving a large tanker, it’s not quick, it’s not pretty, but incrementally you will be steering in the right direction. If we can be of any assistance, with any aspect of managing your team contact us on 01527 909436.

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