Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Staff

Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Staff

Overview

For this Work Product, you will visit an early childhood setting to explore current practices for recruiting, supporting, and retaining employees. You will use this setting as a context to determine staffing needs, plan hiring activities, and create plans for supporting and retaining employees, including activities to cultivate a positive work environment and maximize employee motivation and job satisfaction.

To begin this Assessment, carefully review each part of the Assessment. With the tasks associated with each section in mind, arrange to visit an early childhood setting (center, school, etc.), which may be your current place of employment. Meet with the person(s) in charge of recruiting, developing, evaluating, and retaining staff. Hold one or more conversations with this person to gather information on the practices, issues, and challenges related to staffing, writing job descriptions, recruiting and interviewing, professional development, and employee support. Make a point to gain a sense of the culture of the organization and the diversity of the surrounding community. Discuss activities in place (or ones that can be developed) to support and retain staff with the goal of creating a positive and productive work environment. Make detailed notes during your visit, or record your conversation if possible, to inform your successful completion of this Assessment. Be sure to use pseudonyms for the center and for any individuals discussed in your Assessment.

Your response to this Assessment should:

  • Reflect the criteria provided in the Rubric, which provides information on how the Assessment will be evaluated.
  • Adhere to the required assignment length.
  • Use the APA course paper template available here. All submissions must follow the conventions of scholarly writing. Properly formatted APA citations and references must be provided where appropriate.

Professional Skills: Written Communication and Critical Thinking and Problem Solving are assessed in this Competency. You are strongly encouraged to use the Writing Checklist and to review the Rubric prior to submitting.

This Assessment requires submission of one (1) document that includes all parts of this Work Product.

Instructions

Access the following to complete this Assessment:

Rubric

This assessment has four-parts.  Click each of the items below to complete this assessment.

Part I: Staffing Analysis (3–5 pages)

Based on the information you gained from your visit, analyze the staffing needs of the setting. Then, to complete Part 1 of this Assessment:

  1. Write a description, of the early childhood setting visited, that includes a profile of the children and families served in the program and a description of the current staffing arrangement in this setting.
  2. Analyze the staffing arrangement to determine the staffing needs of the center. Explain how well the staff represents the diversity of the community, the degree to which roles and responsibilities are appropriately matched to individual employees, and staffing challenges (e.g., funding, finding qualified individuals, eliminating unneeded positions, etc.).
  3. Provide recommendations for at least two separate positions that could be filled, revised, created, or eliminated to improve the staffing configuration, including a rationale for each.

Part II: Job Descriptions (1 page per job description)

Based on the staffing needs you identified in Part 1, develop job descriptions for at least two positions that are relevant to this setting. Use the “Job Description Sample” template provided to complete Part 2 of this Assessment. Your job descriptions must include the following:

  • Title of the position
  • Related reporting/teaming structure
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Overview of the position’s roles and responsibilities
  • Overview of minimal qualifications of the ideal candidate

Part III: Recruitment Plans and Interview Questions (2–3 pages)

Successful recruitment requires strategic decisions regarding where to post the job descriptions. Consider various options for posting the job descriptions you created in Part 2. Then, to complete Part 3 of this Assessment:

  • Provide at least three locations where you will advertise each position, including a rationale for each.
  • Describe at least three strategies you will use to attract qualified and diverse candidates, including a rationale for each.

Based on the context of the early childhood setting you visited and the two positions you identified, develop interview questions for each position. Complete the following:

  • Formulate at least five interview questions that will be asked of the candidates. Include at least one scenario-based question that requires candidates to respond to an authentic work-related situation.

Part IV: Professional Development and Employee Support Activities

Once employees are hired, your efforts to help them assimilate into the culture of the organization, evaluate their performance, and support their professional development. Practices and policies that foster a positive, respectful, and engaging work environment will help ensure job satisfaction, build capacity, and ensure retention.

Create an overview of staff development and support activities, including the following, to complete Part 4 of this Assessment:

  1. Provide descriptions of at least two strategies that will be used to assimilate new staff, including a rationale for each.
  2. Write an overview of the process that will be used to evaluate performance of employees.
  3. Describe at least three strategies to be used on an ongoing basis to develop, support, and motivate new staff, including a rationale for each.
  4. Provide descriptions of at least three specific strategies that can be implemented on an ongoing basis to support a positive and productive work climate, including a rationale for each.

 

Resources/References

PART I

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs

Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2013). Planning and administering early childhood programs (10th ed., pp. 84–87). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Management of Child Development Centers, pp. 124-131, pp. 138-141

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 124–131; 138–141). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Staffing

Child Care Aware. (2015). Staffing. Retrieved from http://childcareaware.org/child-care-providers/management-plan/staffing

PART 11

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, pp. 87-93, pp.120-125

Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2013). Planning and administering early childhood programs (10th ed., 87–93; 120–125). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Management of Child Development Centers, pp.132-134

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 132–134). Boston, MA: Pearson.

How to Write a Child Care Worker Job Description

How to write a Child Care Worker job description. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.indeed.com/hire/job-description/child-care-worker

PART 111

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, pp. 93-101

Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2013). Planning and administering early childhood programs (10th ed., pp. 93–101). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Management of Child Development Centers, pp. 142-150

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 142–150). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Moving Beyond the Numbers: How to Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce

Leiberman, S. (n.d.). Moving beyond the numbers: How to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Retrieved from http://www.multiculturaladvantage.com/recruit/staffing/Moving-Beyond-the-Numbers-How-to-Recruit-Retain-Diverse-Workforce.asp

Benefits to Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Staff

The Denver Foundation. (n.d.). Benefits to recruiting and retaining a diverse staff. Retrieved from http://www.nonprofitinclusiveness.org/benefits-recruiting-and-retaining-diverse-staff

How to Conduct an Objective Job Interview

Harvard Business Review (2015). How to Conduct an Objective Job Interview. Retrieved from: https://hbr.org/2015/01/how-to-conduct-an-effective-job-interview

PART 1V

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, pp. 93-101

Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2013). Planning and administering early childhood programs (10th ed., pp. 93–101). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Management of Child Development Centers, pp. 142-150

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 142–150). Boston, MA: Pearson.

How to Conduct an Objective Job Interview

Harvard Business Review (2015). How to Conduct an Objective Job Interview. Retrieved from: https://hbr.org/2015/01/how-to-conduct-an-effective-job-interview

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, pp. 102-119

Freeman, N. K., Decker, C. A., & Decker, J. R. (2013). Planning and administering early childhood programs (10th ed., pp. 102–119). Boston, MA: Pearson

Management of Child Development Centers, pp. 154-156, pp. 166-175

Hearron, P. F., & Hildebrand, V. P. (2011). Management of child development centers (7th ed., pp. 154–156; 166–175). Boston, MA: Pearson.

 

 

Coaching And Mentoring Assignment

Details:

Research the various change models used by organizations today. After assessing these models, create a change model conducive to your field, and that will work within your organization’s culture. This model should serve to implement a strategic process that can help your organization integrate a change and respond to the internal or external driving forces that affect organizational success.

Create a visual representation of your model using a graphic organizer of your choice (flow chart, concept map, etc.). The design of your model will be unique and relevant to your organization, based on a critical analysis of its culture and behavior. However, your model must demonstrate the necessary steps for realistic implementation. Your model will be assessed on the quality of strategic implementation you design, the support you present for your model, and inclusion of the following concepts:

  1. Methods to evaluate the need for change
  2. Approach and criteria for choosing individuals or teams necessary for a change initiative
  3. Communication strategies
  4. Strategies to gather stakeholder support and overcome resistance
  5. Implementation strategies
  6. Sustainability strategies

Once you have created your model, prepare a 15-20 slide PowerPoint presentation to present your model and demonstrate how this model is relevant to your organization and why it will work well within your organization’s culture. In conclusion, discuss why this model will lead to sustainable change when most change initiatives fail. You will utilize this change model for your final paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cites to use- for paper- https://theydiffer.com/difference-between-short-term-and-long-term-goals/

 

https://mentoringgroup.com/books/effective-mentoring.pdf

 

 

Personal Information needed for Assignment

So the individual that I am mentoring is a friend who is married has been married for 10 years and is currently in the process of divorcing her husband who she has three children with. Where I fall in to mentor her is the fact that she needs guidance on what she needs to do to transition from being a stay at home mother and wife to being a single mom and building a coparent relationship with her soon to be ex-husband so the transition is not that hard on the children. I am also mentoring her on possibly going back to school for her masters degree. I am also mentoring her on making sure all the actions that she takes for the next year during her separation our actions that will help her advance in life alone. The goal she has set for herself with my assistance is to start researching the legal rights she will have and will have problems with when it comes to custody of the children. We have set a goal the first week for her to start researching problems that she may come across when facing her ex-husband in court for custody. I gave her the task of reaching out to social workers to make sure that she is well aware of what she needs to face this is a short term goal short-term goal for the second week was to get her paperwork in order as far as documenting and and printing all taxes and email correspondence she had with her husband as that will be needed in court soon. Week three short term goal was to communicate or her to communicate with her husband so as to avoid any nasty arguments when it comes to custody and try to find a common ground that in the best interest of the children. Week for was a follow-up from week three to continue to make an attempt to communicate with the husband. Her long-term goals are to have her own apartment within the next five months. She would like to start working on her degree in the next year starting spring of next year. And she would also like to start her own business in the next three years after she graduates but she is not sure what she wants to start a business in so she is focusing on looking at The things she loves to do the most. I know this is a lot of information but the self reflection log a majority of it is research is to if my steps are helping the mentee and those that’s where you come in she pretty much admit and substance to the assignment. I will add this point check in weekly and give you updates for that weeks assignment so you know what to add it onto the week reflection log for that specific week. The professor wants week one through four to be compiled on one assignment which is due next week. And week five through eight to be compiled on another assignment. So the information I have just provided you can assist you with filling out what is required for week one through four in the attachment I have sent you. The other assignment due next week Wednesday just simply research information online. It does speak about a mentor reflection or opinion log where I think the men’s he gives their opinion on how I’m I doing as a mentor I don’t care what you put in there that point in time just make it sound real. Make it sound like someone is actually evaluating me for this evaluation and show some struggle here and there but overall make it sound like I’m not having any issues in the men’s he is following the advice that I have given them advice that you can come up with on your own it’s advice that anyone can give to a single mother in transition with children. Do you have room to put in all the information you want just please abide by their requirements of the assignments and meet the minimum requirements of what the professor is asking for each individual log. It is 4 logs for 4 weeks and I have given you in this email information to help you build an assignment for each individual week. This is not something that Professor is going to submit through turn it in so you don’t have to worry about that the professor just wants good information to show that I am meant touring someone.

My  Personal Techniques-

 

My mentoring is I am a very direct person I am an introvert but I am willing to help when help is needed but I do not sugarcoat things I have a military mindset when it comes to getting things done I hit the ground running and I have no tolerance for self-pity.So the type of person that I would need to mentor would be someone that may struggle but they are open minded to change and they have the curry age to want to change and if they don’t have the courage to want to change that Lee show effort in changing by listening to my advice and doing something as long as someone is trying then I can mentor them if they show no effort than my weakness would be I showed zero tolerance and no patience for certain individuals.

 

Research Paper

Select a topic from the following list on which you would like to conduct an in-depth investigation:

 

• Information systems infrastructure: evolution and trends

• Strategic importance of cloud computing in business organizations

• Big data and its business impacts

• Managerial issues of a networked organization

• Emerging enterprise network applications

• Mobile computing and its business implications

 

Note: The above topics are also the basis of the discussion questions. You may use up to three resources found by yourself or your peers as peers as resources for the paper.

Research paper basics:

 

• 10-12 pages in length • APA formatted • Minimum six (6) sources – at least two (2) from peer reviewed journals • Include an abstract, introduction and conclusion • See rubric for more detailed grading criteria

 

Some good questions to ask yourself before turning in your research paper:

 

• Is the paper of optimal length? • Is the paper well organized? • Is the paper clear and concise? • Is the title appropriate? • Does the abstract summarize well? • Are individual ideas assimilated well? • Are wording, punctuation, etc. correct? • Is the paper well motivated? • Is interesting problem/issue addressed? • Is knowledge of the area demonstrated? • Have all key reference been cited? • Are conclusions valid and appropriate?

Select a topic from the following list on which you would like to conduct an in-depth investigation:

 

• Information systems infrastructure: evolution and trends

• Strategic importance of cloud computing in business organizations

• Big data and its business impacts

• Managerial issues of a networked organization

• Emerging enterprise network applications

• Mobile computing and its business implications

 

Note: The above topics are also the basis of the discussion questions. You may use up to three resources found by yourself or your peers as peers as resources for the paper.

Research paper basics:

 

• 10-12 pages in length • APA formatted • Minimum six (6) sources – at least two (2) from peer reviewed journals • Include an abstract, introduction and conclusion • See rubric for more detailed grading criteria

 

Some good questions to ask yourself before turning in your research paper:

 

• Is the paper of optimal length? • Is the paper well organized? • Is the paper clear and concise? • Is the title appropriate? • Does the abstract summarize well? • Are individual ideas assimilated well? • Are wording, punctuation, etc. correct? • Is the paper well motivated? • Is interesting problem/issue addressed? • Is knowledge of the area demonstrated? • Have all key reference been cited? • Are conclusions valid and appropriate?

Design a process for achieving higher levels of customer service and effectiveness in reaching identified organizational objectives

Design a process for achieving higher levels of customer service and effectiveness in reaching identified organizational objectives. Your process must include five parts—1) Management Theory, 2) System Design, 3) Motivation and Teamwork, 4) Organizational Change, and 5) Corporate Culture.

**APA Format with reference page. Double Spaced. 5 page minimum.**

· Management Theory: What management theory would serve as your theoretical framework. Describe both the selected framework, and the reason for this selection. What Team Structure would you intend to put into place, and what would be the key characteristics that you would want to instill? Describe the main features as they relate to your performance objectives.   Provide sufficient detail and discussion necessary for implementation, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· System Design: What kind of systems would need to be in place to help in this quality improvement process (i.e. areas of increased effectiveness in problem solving, responsiveness, communication, and feedback)? What corporate paradigm shifts might have to take place and how would you facilitate those?  Provide sufficient detail and discussion, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· Motivation and Teamwork: What key motivational factors would need to be addressed and how would put them into place? What would you need to provide in that way of support would you expose the student participants to in this process? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of these motivational issues, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· Organizational Structure: How would you structure the time (day, week, and month) for the Customer Service and Effectiveness training? What percentage of time would be devoted to what, and in what sequence? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of your allocation of time and sequencing of educational and experiential inputs.

· Corporate Culture : What experiences would you expose the participants to in this process? How would you manage, promote, and accomplish the change needed to successfully implement you program? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of these developmental experiences, and provide a rationale for your choices.

Design a process for achieving higher levels of customer service and effectiveness in reaching identified organizational objectives. Your process must include five parts—1) Management Theory, 2) System Design, 3) Motivation and Teamwork, 4) Organizational Change, and 5) Corporate Culture.

**APA Format with reference page. Double Spaced. 5 page minimum.**

· Management Theory: What management theory would serve as your theoretical framework. Describe both the selected framework, and the reason for this selection. What Team Structure would you intend to put into place, and what would be the key characteristics that you would want to instill? Describe the main features as they relate to your performance objectives.   Provide sufficient detail and discussion necessary for implementation, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· System Design: What kind of systems would need to be in place to help in this quality improvement process (i.e. areas of increased effectiveness in problem solving, responsiveness, communication, and feedback)? What corporate paradigm shifts might have to take place and how would you facilitate those?  Provide sufficient detail and discussion, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· Motivation and Teamwork: What key motivational factors would need to be addressed and how would put them into place? What would you need to provide in that way of support would you expose the student participants to in this process? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of these motivational issues, and provide a rationale for your choices.

· Organizational Structure: How would you structure the time (day, week, and month) for the Customer Service and Effectiveness training? What percentage of time would be devoted to what, and in what sequence? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of your allocation of time and sequencing of educational and experiential inputs.

· Corporate Culture : What experiences would you expose the participants to in this process? How would you manage, promote, and accomplish the change needed to successfully implement you program? Provide sufficient detail and discussion of these developmental experiences, and provide a rationale for your choices.

Reflection Paper

Assessment:

Students should demonstrate that they can distinguish the relevant points that form a logically coherent argument. They should also be able to construct criticisms which effectively undermine, through the use of appropriate counter-examples, some premise of that argument.

Your assignment is to read any ONE of the following four articles:

The Frivolity of Evil

How and How Not to Love Mankind

What We Have to Lose

Roads to Serfdom

Then, FOR THE ARTICLE YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE ON, you will type a 1000-1500 word response in which you address EACH of the following points IN YOUR OWN WORDS: 1) What is the author’s main argument? 2) How does he support his main argument (evidence, ancillary arguments, etc.)? 3) Do you agree or disagree with him? 4) Why or why not? 5) Apply the insights of at least two of the readings we have studied in this course (in chapters 1-9) to your analysis. Make sure to give a substantive explanation of how the philosophers’ insights are relevant to the topic you are discussing.

A WORD OF WARNING: These articles are rather long and complex. The author likes to make extensive use of his rather copious vocabulary, so I strongly urge you to have dictionary.com handy as you work your way through your chosen article. The purpose of this essay assignment is for you to demonstrate your ability to discuss, analyze, and evaluate complex philosophic arguments. I am confident that the reading assignments, tests, and discussion boards will have prepared you for this final, and no doubt challenging, essay assignment.

Note: I only allow one attempt on this assignment. Students who do not fully address all of the components of the assignment as stated in the instructions as well as the grading rubric below will have to be content with the grade they earned. 

Please use MLA format.

Your paper will be graded according to the following rubric:

Grading Rubric:

The following standards are numbered in order of importance for grading.

1.Essay demonstrates an understanding of the material: The student has correctly grasped a philosophical problem or question, has explained it accurately, and on the basis of a substantially correct interpretation of any texts involved. Key terms are used correctly. The essay shows evidence of the student’s independent thought, and is written in his or her distinctive voice. Short (one sentence) quotations are used (comprising no more than 10% of the body of the paper), when appropriate, to support the writer’s analysis, and an explanation is offered for each quotation. The use of block quotations will result in a severe point deduction.

95 points

2.Essay has clear and coherent argument: There is a clearly stated thesis, and support for this thesis in the body of the paper. Each paragraph contributes to this argument, and follows logically from the paragraph before it. The argument presented is persuasive. The insights of two other philosophers are incorporated into the analysis.

95 points

3.Essay fulfills assigned task: The essay addresses the entire assigned question or topic, elaborating on important ideas in satisfactory depth, but without bringing in anything extraneous or irrelevant. The introduction of the essay focuses and provides clarity for the paper. Important terms are clearly and accurately defined. Each paragraph conveys a coherent, organized thought. Short (one sentence) quotations are occasionally used, when appropriate, to support the writer’s analysis, and an explanation is offered for each quotation. No more than 10% of paper is made up of direct quotes. No block quotations.

40 points

4.Essay obeys standards for good persuasive writing: the writer shows that he or she is comfortable using philosophical language, and the prose is clear, not awkward. The structure of the sentences reflects the relationships between/among the ideas discussed.

40 points

5.Essay is technically correct: The essay has been carefully and thoughtfully proofread. The argument is written in complete sentences, with punctuation that does not mislead the reader. There are no mistakes in spelling, grammar, word choice, and punctuation.

 30 points

Assessment:

Students should demonstrate that they can distinguish the relevant points that form a logically coherent argument. They should also be able to construct criticisms which effectively undermine, through the use of appropriate counter-examples, some premise of that argument.

Your assignment is to read any ONE of the following four articles:

The Frivolity of Evil

How and How Not to Love Mankind

What We Have to Lose

Roads to Serfdom

Then, FOR THE ARTICLE YOU CHOOSE TO WRITE ON, you will type a 1000-1500 word response in which you address EACH of the following points IN YOUR OWN WORDS: 1) What is the author’s main argument? 2) How does he support his main argument (evidence, ancillary arguments, etc.)? 3) Do you agree or disagree with him? 4) Why or why not? 5) Apply the insights of at least two of the readings we have studied in this course (in chapters 1-9) to your analysis. Make sure to give a substantive explanation of how the philosophers’ insights are relevant to the topic you are discussing.

A WORD OF WARNING: These articles are rather long and complex. The author likes to make extensive use of his rather copious vocabulary, so I strongly urge you to have dictionary.com handy as you work your way through your chosen article. The purpose of this essay assignment is for you to demonstrate your ability to discuss, analyze, and evaluate complex philosophic arguments. I am confident that the reading assignments, tests, and discussion boards will have prepared you for this final, and no doubt challenging, essay assignment.

Note: I only allow one attempt on this assignment. Students who do not fully address all of the components of the assignment as stated in the instructions as well as the grading rubric below will have to be content with the grade they earned. 

Please use MLA format.

Your paper will be graded according to the following rubric:

Grading Rubric:

The following standards are numbered in order of importance for grading.

1.Essay demonstrates an understanding of the material: The student has correctly grasped a philosophical problem or question, has explained it accurately, and on the basis of a substantially correct interpretation of any texts involved. Key terms are used correctly. The essay shows evidence of the student’s independent thought, and is written in his or her distinctive voice. Short (one sentence) quotations are used (comprising no more than 10% of the body of the paper), when appropriate, to support the writer’s analysis, and an explanation is offered for each quotation. The use of block quotations will result in a severe point deduction.

95 points

2.Essay has clear and coherent argument: There is a clearly stated thesis, and support for this thesis in the body of the paper. Each paragraph contributes to this argument, and follows logically from the paragraph before it. The argument presented is persuasive. The insights of two other philosophers are incorporated into the analysis.

95 points

3.Essay fulfills assigned task: The essay addresses the entire assigned question or topic, elaborating on important ideas in satisfactory depth, but without bringing in anything extraneous or irrelevant. The introduction of the essay focuses and provides clarity for the paper. Important terms are clearly and accurately defined. Each paragraph conveys a coherent, organized thought. Short (one sentence) quotations are occasionally used, when appropriate, to support the writer’s analysis, and an explanation is offered for each quotation. No more than 10% of paper is made up of direct quotes. No block quotations.

40 points

4.Essay obeys standards for good persuasive writing: the writer shows that he or she is comfortable using philosophical language, and the prose is clear, not awkward. The structure of the sentences reflects the relationships between/among the ideas discussed.

40 points

5.Essay is technically correct: The essay has been carefully and thoughtfully proofread. The argument is written in complete sentences, with punctuation that does not mislead the reader. There are no mistakes in spelling, grammar, word choice, and punctuation.

 30 points