Michael (rodge86) wrote in rezlifestaff,

Staff expectations

I am working on a few things for my staff for the fall year (where I will be a Residence Hall Director). I was wondering if you could all offer some pieces of advice you might have.

Also what are some expectations that you, as an RA, have for your supervisor.

What do you think are some basic staff expectations.

Any other info you could offer would be great.

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After completing my first year as a hall director, let me share a few of the lessons I have learned:

-Make as much of it as you can; it will be over before you know it.
-Document lots and lots with a camera, journal, and more... that will make end of the year wrapup and speeches much easier.
-Try to find a balance between laid-back/enjoyable and policies/strictness in the first two weeks.
-Try to limit the amount of times you tell your staff "I don't know."
-Don't forget what it was like for you as an RA. Be sympathetic.
-You will never satisfy your entire staff at the same time.

Send me your email address and I can share some of the handouts my kick-butt staff came up with this year. We've got expectations and more for you! I can be reached at jess@aroomavue.com.

Good luck buddy! It will be one of the most emotionally and mentally draining experiences of your life, you won't get paid well, you'll have many interrupted nights, and you'll sometimes want to bang your head against the wall... but at the end of the day, or the end of the year, you'll shake your head in disbelief that another year has passed, and you'll anxiously count down until the next year begins. ;)