• John Hinds

Positive, Trusting, and Loving Culture - Start With The Toilet Paper

Updated: Aug 24

I am big on a positive, trusting, and loving culture and it kills me when I hear of principals who are micromanagers, dictators, and/or just focused on the scores.  I just don’t believe these hard working people deserve it so I try to create the type of culture that I would want to work in and it started with toilet paper.

Most districts are very budget conscious and many items get bought in bulk, including toilet paper.  Toilet paper that is so thin that you can see through several sheets!  That’s not ok with me so I started buying in bulk from COSTCO and putting it in the faculty restrooms.  It costs me around $50 per month and everyone is grateful.  No big expense for a big response.

This is just one thing that I do to help create a positive, trusting, and loving culture and it is probably the biggest bang-for-the-buck items that I do.  It shows the staff that I care about the little AND big things that will help their enjoyment of their work.  No, I know that toilet paper doesn’t make everyone want to come to work more often or stay late but it helps.  I do many other things that build on this simple act, creating the type of culture that I want.  

What type of culture do you want?  What type of culture do you currently have?  Have you thought about it lately?  Have you asked your staff what they might want to Keep Doing, Stop Doing, or Start Doing (a post that I am writing about)?  I encourage you to take some time and define the type of culture you want to work in and/or provide for your staff...and start with the toilet paper.

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