Graduating to the Next Level
Recognized as one of the nation’s top public high schools, Herron has grown steadily since it opened in 2006. As a result, its leadership recognized the need to strengthen its human resources function and forge a stronger relationship with its faculty and staff. At the same time, faced with the heavy demands and stresses of teaching at the school, team members and leadership were asking for a more vibrant well-being program. Unfortunately, as the school was working to address these matters, it found itself facing a morale problem exacerbated by the departure of an administrator who was well-liked and encouraging to colleagues. In summary, Herron’s challenges included:
Herron and FirstPerson recognized the need for three different solutions working in concert: a very technical solution, a programmatic solution, and an employee-engagement solution. Within these three strategies, Herron and FirstPerson developed a few key tactics:
Faculty and staff have fully embraced the drive for improved morale, getting involved by creating team events and participating in mutual recognition programs. Still, the best part might be what hasn’t happened yet: Woodrum says she believes the changes and new levels of engagement will help the school weather future changes in benefits and continue to grow and strengthen. Overall results included:
Recognized as one of the nation’s top public high schools, Herron has grown steadily since it opened in 2006.
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