Recently I have had a conflict with my direct supervisor. It had appeared to me that she negative about the center and the people who work in it. This is the first year that the center has been shut down in the summer. It is usually a year-round program. She demanded that staff remove everything personal from the building because while they were laid-off for the summer, she planned to go through the rooms and strip and throw away all of the things she did not want in the rooms. The teachers were very upset; many of them have worked in their rooms for many years. As the new supervisor, she has told me to start throwing things away. I have only worked in this center for a month and that time has been without staff and children, so I have no idea what things the teachers use all the time and what can be thrown out. Anytime I ask my supervisor she says if it’s dirty or doesn’t look nice get rid of it.
I have two conflicts in this story. The first is with my direct supervisor and trying to make her understand my position of being new to the program and wanting to enter into this job as a supportive asset and not someone who threw all their stuff away. The second is enforcing the demands of my supervisor, (and there are many of them) on the teachers and staff that I work with.
Things I have learned so far from this class that will help me include.
1. Trying to actively listen and understand my supervisors reasons
2. Respectfully explaining how I feel about her requests
3. Trying to discover a way we can make the center look clean and professional without throwing away too many of the teachers favorite things.
When I am trying to work with staff to understand some of the new rules that have been imposed, I might:
1. Help them understand the reasons behind the rules
2. Help them negotiate compromises with the supervisor when some of the rules are too difficult to follow in an active preschool classroom.