As a dance studio director, managing your staff is an important aspect of your role. Among the many responsibilities you have, the last thing you want is to have to take the extra time to hire and train new staff members more often than necessary. One way to encourage low turnover rates is to be sure to hire top-notch staff members. But there’s definitely more to it than that. You definitely want to keep those high-quality employees you secure!
Two ways to ensure that they feel a sense of fulfillment in their roles and desire to remain as part of your dance studio over the long term involve encouraging a healthy work-life balance and giving them opportunities for professional development.
Encouraging for a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Many employees who grow frustrated with their jobs report that not being able to achieve a healthy work-life balance is part of their reason for looking for another job. As the director, there’s a lot that you can do to ensure that your dance studio is the kind of employer that not only allows your employees to have a life outside the studio but that actually encourages a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, your dance instructors will understand working extra hours during competition season or the week of the annual recital. But if you schedule too many events requiring extra commitment, they may not be pleased, even if they do get overtime pay. It’s important to communicate with staff members about potential new opportunities that would have them working more than their regular hours.
Thanks to a robust dance studio management software solution, staff members will be able to more easily achieve a proper balance, since they’ll be able to view upcoming schedules, find student information, and even send out e-mails or update hours from any device, any time that works for them. That kind of flexibility will free them up to do the other things they care about in life. A top-of-the-line dance studio software solution will also allow you to automate administrative tasks you may have had to ask instructors to help you complete in the past.
Offer Professional Development Opportunities
Any well-qualified dance instructors will have a strong desire to continue to further their teaching abilities and their repertoire of class types. Of course, the more your staff members have to offer their students, the more your dance studio will benefit as well. One way you can create an atmosphere conducive to professional growth is to inform instructors of advancement opportunities and offer funds to pay for that training. You can also encourage them to complete training by allowing it to be completed on paid time.
Through the Staff Portal of your dance studio management software, you can send out information about upcoming training opportunities and then forward congratulatory messages to staff members who participate. You could also send out updates to parents, informing them of any new accomplishments of staff members, further creating an atmosphere of growth and celebration.
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