Black History Celebrations and valuing our staff

28 October 2016

We held another of our fantastic annual events this week, our Black History Celebrations. It was such a great day, packed full of activities to celebrate and embrace the great diversity we have in CMG. It is basically one big party with singing and dancing competitions, a fashion show, face painting, henna tattoos and foods from around the world! It was good to see staff and people we support having so much fun and I think the photo below demonstrates this well. My thanks to Pam Kujeke and her team for cooking and preparing all the fantastic food, to the resource centre in Sutton for organising some amazing artworks that decorated the room and to Sue, Emeka, Harissing, Pam Hirsh, Dan and many others for making it such a successful day.

At our Registered Managers Conference last week we held a workshop on how we can continue to improve valuing our staff. We had some great feedback from our managers and have subsequently put together an action plan to carry forward some of their ideas. This includes improving recruitment processes for example, by having continuous recruitment to reflect turnover rather than recruiting to specific vacancies. Also where staff may not be suitable for one service, we share them with another to avoid losing them. We will also be developing a good practice guide to improve the culture in services. Suggestions included having more fun team meetings, implementing house awards, saying thank you more often and encouraging positivity through a ‘wall of positivity’ with comments and positive staff feedback.

As well as our Employee of the Month Scheme we will also introduce a quarterly Team of The Month Award where the winner will receive a visit from myself, along with a hamper of goodies for the team!

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