As 2018 has come to a close and we reflect on all that our JCC has accomplished, we are very proud. Our Center is fortunate to have an active and vibrant community of families and individuals that make up our membership. However we would like to express our gratitude to and pride in the staff team that we are so lucky to be a part of. The JCC staff is truly the hidden jewel of our community.
We are continually thinking about and implementing ways to improve our programming, our service and our environment. But we realized that we also needed to start reflecting on our staff culture – reimagining and refining it to ensure our JCC’s continued future success. In November 2017, the JCC Association offered a professional development seminar: “Improving Staff Morale and Building a Healthy Staff Culture.” The three of us attended and learned so much about nurturing a staff and its culture.
Following the conference, our entire staff spent most of 2018 working together to create a staff vision that we all believe provides opportunity, makes improvements, sets expectations, encourages growth and harmony and fosters an overall healthy work environment. We also got together in small group breakfast gatherings in an ongoing effort to share our ideas and concerns.
While this was going on, we learned that there was soon to be an executive leadership change, and we feel so fortunate that Mike Goldstein was appointed as our new Executive Director. Not only has Mike been a part of the JCC staff for so many years, but he truly understand the importance of staff. One of his objectives as Executive Director is to focus on staff so that as a unified team, we continue to move the JCC forward in a strong, relevant and meaningful way.
As we begin 2019, we are energized to continue to serve our community as best as possible. We are also very proud to share that we recently learned that our agency-wide focus on staff is being recognized at the JCC Professional Conference in February. We will be receiving a national award for our Staff Engagement and Initiative effort. We look forward to receiving this award – on behalf of our staff team – in front of hundreds of JCC professionals from across North America. The award recognizes the commitment our JCC staff has made as we continue to work together to serve the Central NJ community.
Happy New Year to all! May we all go from strength to strength.