Celebrate the New Year With the Same Great Staff!
Here’s a little secret (shhh)… if you hire great staff and keep them coming back year after year, you’ll have less to do in the off-season! Imagine a team already familiar with your camp, knowing what to expect, and bringing new ideas. Impossible you say? We think not!
Here are some tips on how to increase staff retention:
Hire with retention in mind
Mention early on the importance of consistency in key positions. Offer salary and position growth in the future. Some of your best staff will sign multiple year contracts if they see such incentives.
Invest in your talent
Send your staff to trainings, workshops and conferences before camp and throughout the year. Help them network with like minded staff and alumni.
Give a voice
Debrief after the summer. Ask your staff what they think before making changes to a program or tradition. Let them adapt and build their job descriptions.
Provide year-round opportunity
Maybe your athletics director can teach a sports class nearby. Maybe your drama specialist can run a game show at the camp reunion. Provide some opportunity and income during the year and key staff will see the value in committing to a seasonal career at camp.
Staff turnover will always be a battle as people inevitably “grow up” and face “real life.” If you put the right tools in place that give ownership to those that make camp special, you might find the battle a little less uphill, and the results astounding.
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