Looking Forward to Monday Morning: Ideas for Recognition and Appreciation Activities and Fun Things to Do at Work for Educators


Empower your staff members with a fresh appreciation for their work and transform each day of the week into an opportunity for creativity and fun.
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Empower your staff members with a fresh appreciation for their work and transform each day of the week into an opportunity for creativity and fun.
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Editorial Reviews

William Warren
"This book is well thought out, well written, and thorough. It contains page after page of examples and is a one point source for ways to make Monday mornings less tedious and more fun. Want to make your employees look forward to the workweek? This is the 'must have' book for you."
Nelda Howton
"Every administrator needs a copy of this book . . . and should keep it on the top of the 'To Do Pile'."
Stephen Kleinsmith
"The timing of this book is invaluable as our district addresses staff recruitment and retention goals."
Bob Nelson
"This book is for every well-intended administrator or frustrated staff member! It shows the power of positive reinforcement and the importance of recognition and appreciation in our schools today."
Allen Dietz
"As a professional trainer, Looking Forward to Monday Morning is a marvelous addition to my collection of icebreakers and team building exercises. Organizations that implement even a few of the ideas in this book will find they have happier, more productive employees who enjoy coming to work."
Shawna Mahaffey
"Through the use of subtle humor, Hodges gives us extensive ideas and examples of ways we can improve our individual workplace environments. This book was truly enhanced by the inclusion of personal experiences by the author."
Susan Symons
"In the spirit of the holiday season we gave all faculty, board members, administrators, and counselors copies of the book."
Nurturing Potential
"Diane Hodges reminds us that there is a vast difference between compensation (the money) and recognition...many talented people leave good jobs and good money simply because they do not feel appreciated or valued as people. Buy the book, read the examples, but even more important, follow through. Go on, show someone you appreciate them!"
Principal Magazine
"If you ever wanted to thank your staff but didn’t know how, this is the book for you. Hodges notes that surveys show that recognition for a job well done ranks higher as a motivational factor than wages and job security. Principals and managers who actively show how much they value their employees build a positive climate that filters down to students. The ideas contained in this book are sure to tickle your staff and build morale."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412913386
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,465,230
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Hodges is the managing partner of Threshold Group, an educational consulting firm in San Diego. After 30+ years as an educator, she is sharing her insights through books and international speaking events. Her wit and humor have delighted audiences and readers everywhere. She has served as an executive director of career and technical education, director of instructional services, director of human resources, secondary principal, counselor, and instructor. She earned her doctorate from Michigan State University, has received twelve national and state awards, and is a best-selling author of eight books.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Illustrator
I. Appreciation & Recognition
1. Group Recognition - Formal Activities
Years of Service Awards
Attendance Awards
Recognition From the Boss
Appreciation Events & Awards
End-of-the-Year Appreciation
Teacher Recognition
Above & Beyond the Call of Duty
Non-Employee Awards
Team Awards
Staff Appreciation Day or Week
Staff Newsletter
2. Group Recognition - Informal Activities
General Recognition
Gifts of Time
Special People Recognition
Name Recognition
Food Rewards - Yum!
Symbols of Recognition
Words of Thanks & Praise
Rewards for Meeting Goals
3. Individual Recognition
General Recognition
Special Recognition
Written Praises
Trying New Things...Good & Bad
II. Fun Ways to Spend Work Days
4. From the Beginning
New Year Starters
Get-Acquainted Activities
Staff Meetings
5. Through the Day
Professional Development Fun
Food & Fun
"Lunch Bunch" Activities
Your Attitude Is Showing!
No Special Reason...Just for Fun
Dress-Up Events
Counting the Days
6. To the End & Beyond
"Fun-Raisers" & Community Service
Label It Generous
End-of-the-Year Activities
Other Group Activities
After-Hours Network
III. Celebrating With Coworkers
7. Caring & Sharing
Welcoming a New Staff Member or Boss
Administrative Professionals Week
Get-Well Activities
Resignation or Retirement
Farewell Gifts
Think Spring!
8. Celebrating Holidays
Holiday Calendar
Valentine's Day
Holiday Gifts & Exchanges
"White Elephant" Events
Staff Gifts
Holiday Communications
Holiday Events
IV. Celebrate Yourself
9. Appreciate Yourself
"The Best Thing About Today Was" Journal
Self-Affirmations Corner
Professional Portfolios
Your Office Environment
Daily Schedule
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