“The Ellers have done an excellent job identifying supervision problems that plague administrators on a daily basis. They provide clear and detailed strategies to address personnel problems covering virtually every employment group. I strongly recommend this book as a quick reference for all school administrators as they deal with difficult employees.”
—Dan Hoverman, Superintendent
Mounds View Public Schools, Shoreview, MN
Help marginal employees take positive steps to improve their performance and behavior!
Managing difficult employees is one of the most challenging aspects of a school leader's job. Written by experienced administrators, this resource provides specific techniques and strategies to identify, work with, and evaluate marginal school employees.
John F. Eller and Sheila Eller provide essential information for understanding and dealing with employees who may have negative attitudes, lack awareness of their behavior, blame others for problems, or are marginal performers. Drawing on the authors' extensive experience, this book includes:
Skills and sample dialogues for conducting difficult conversations; Templates for putting concerns into writing and developing improvement plans; Information about legal issues and ways to protect yourself; Specific strategies for working with teachers, secretaries and assistants, paraprofessionals, and custodial staff; Steps to take when termination becomes necessary
This ready reference helps administrators develop the leadership skills and competencies necessary to confront marginal and deficient behaviors and achieve successful results.
Chapter 3: Strategies for Confronting Marginal and Deficient Behaviors
Strategies for Confronting Marginal and Deficient Behaviors
Marty, the principal of Washington High School was concerned about the performance of one of his custodians. Marty suspected that the night supervisor, Bob, was stealing equipment from the school. At various times during the year, the industrial arts room was missing some hand tools. Marty conducted a preliminary investigation and found that Bob was the only night person with access to the room. To confirm his suspicions, Marty decided to review videotapes from a security camera in the hallway near the industrial arts room. On the tape, he saw Bob taking something out of the building to his car. It looked like something from the industrial arts room.
After showing the tape ...