Preparing the Future of Your Studio
Having a staff that can operate independently and answer questions correctly is a sign of a highly capable and valuable team member. It indicates effective training, competence, and the ability to trust your team to handle tasks without constant oversight. Certainly, identifying and nurturing staff members who can independently answer questions correctly and handle tasks effectively is a valuable practice. It helps build a strong and self-sufficient team, which can lead to increased productivity and a more efficient work environment. Not to mention easing the studio owner’s mind.
Keep your eye on your younger students now. Who has the potential to be a teacher, camp leader, front desk staff or the various other responsibilities within a studio business.
The potential for 13 and 14-year-olds to become valuable staff members in the future depends on various factors, including their skills, interests, and personal development. Identifying and nurturing their talents, providing opportunities for growth, and guiding them in their education and career choices can help them become valuable contributors to your team or any organization. It's essential to invest in the development of the younger generation for a stronger future workforce.
Find out what your graduating students will be studying post secondary. In 3 to 4 years some of those graduates could return to provide workshops, seminars, new programs or various training curriculum.
It's true that certain qualities, like being naturally upbeat and approachable, can be essential for a teacher. Some individuals may not possess these traits no matter how much coaching and training they receive. As the studio owner, it is insightful to recognize that not everyone who aspires to be a teacher may be the right fit for that role, but their natural qualities could excel in other administrative positions within the studio. Matching individuals with roles that align with their strengths and personality traits can lead to a more harmonious and effective team, benefiting both the organization and the individuals themselves. It's important to leverage the strengths of your staff in various areas to create a well-rounded team. Talk to those younger students and find out what other interests they have.
Creating opportunities for students to volunteer for studio events and giving them responsibilities with deadlines is an excellent way to assess their abilities and develop valuable skills. It not only provides practical experience but also helps identify individuals who excel in such roles, potentially leading to future employment opportunities within the studio. Having volunteers who are proactive and take charge of activities like games or dance parties can be a valuable asset for your organization.
They can help maintain a fun and structured environment, engage students, and prevent chaos. Such volunteers bring a positive and lively atmosphere to your studio, enhancing the overall experience for everyone involved. It's a great strategy. You may find your next social media director, new programming director or summer program director.
Plan to schedule follow up meetings with your core volunteers. Ask for their feedback as well as providing your own observations. What aspects of the volunteer position do they like or dislike? Do they prefer certain events over others? Do not assume they know how they did and how you feel about their volunteer work. Clear communication is key. Take notes during your meeting to refer to when scheduling volunteers in the future. It may also be helpful to know at what point these volunteer positions become a paid position. It could be a stipend or a salary depending on the job.
Lastly, recognizing their efforts and showing appreciation through small rewards or special events, like a volunteer pizza party, can go a long way in keeping them engaged and motivated. Indeed, some of these volunteers may become valuable staff members in the future, so investing in their experience and development is a win-win for your organization.