Recruit and Retain Top Teachers this Fall

Aug 04, 2015

Recruit and Retain Top Teachers this Fall

Teachers are an integral part of everyone's lives—from grade school and beyond. Avoiding high teacher turnover will guarantee that each learning experience will have consistency and be as effective as possible. With school right around the corner, understanding teacher selection and recruitment will be key to starting the school year off on the right note!

Turnover costs can be detrimental to a budget. There are so many costs to consider when it comes to hiring, training, and retention—and even losing an employee. Some costs to think about prior to bringing a new teacher onto the staff:

  • Lost productivity. Losing a staff member at any point will cause a decrease in productivity. Technically, you will lose 50 percent for every week the position is left unfilled, even if other teachers are picking up the extra work. With lower production, there is a sense of lower morale throughout the staff.
  • Training. Calculating the time and resources spent pouring training materials into the new staff member will be lost if this person leaves. Another facet of this is accepting the cost of any licenses or certifications that were paid for. All of the time invested by training managers or other team members will be counted as a loss. Through course training and on-boarding, costs will also be lost on this teacher.
  • Benefits. If any severance packages or any continued benefits are offered, this will be a considerable loss for the company. Take this into consideration when filling this position as well.
  • Replacement costs. With every cost associated with the loss of a member of the team, remember that each of these costs will be reiterated when a new member is brought in. That is why there is such a weight on the importance of confidently rehiring.

There are many combative skills a team can use to prevent the loss high turnover creates. Whether a principal, hiring manager, or another teacher is taking over the hiring process for new teachers, it is important to implement the best hiring practices. One of the top ways to retain rock star teachers is with the help of pre-hire assessments in your teacher selection. Understanding your candidates on a behavioral level will create an interactive interview process that will allow you to clearly understand what your new teacher's strengths, abilities, and commitment are. Taking the extra time to invest in future teacher candidates will strengthen the morale and skills of your entire school.

The ZERORISK Hiring System can help any team implement these core skills to recruit and retain top teachers. This system helps successfully combat one of the most significant staffing challenges. The ZERORISK Hiring System increases retention, lowers turnover, and even improves new hire productivity. Taking the time to complete new hire assessments for each new teacher selection will safeguard from losing a high amount of staff. It will allow your team to identify the top talent and understand how they would make a great fit at your school, creating a strong partnership between them and you.

If you or your school is looking for more information, ZERORISK HR would love to help your team become the strongest teachers around! Please call us at (800) 827-5991 or visit our website.

ZERORISK helps organizations build great cultures by identifying, developing, and retaining top talent. The ZERORISK Hiring System blends a revolutionary behavioral science with state-of-the-art technology to reduce unwanted turnover and improve employee performance. For more information contact us at (800) 827-5991.

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