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Docia Shares a Story About Staff Relationships

by Docia Zavitkovsky
January/February 1992
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When we talk about staff relationships, we really are talking about how harmoniously we as individuals get along with members of a group - how well we interact with one another; how well we communicate, support, and accept one another's differences, strengths, weaknesses, and points of view.

As in all centers, there are concerns and problems which if not aired can increase in magnitude and become disruptive. For example, take a center that has a staff of nine - a director, five teachers, a cook, a housekeeper, and a part time nurse. Their working relationships are good, but lately they have been muttering and grumbling and occasionally making snide remarks about what is going on in the center.

At a staff meeting, the director asks if there are things bothering them and, if so, to talk about them and get them out on the table for discussion. Their concerns are fairly typical and topical:

June Always on Time resents Sue Always Late never being on time, and say it is hard enough getting things underway in the morning without having to be responsible for an additional group of children.

June Always on Time is impatient with Phoebe the Nurse because she has ...

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