Staffing, Safety, Society Podcast

You can’t have safety for all without adequate and engaged staffing. And yet safety for all is exactly what an increasingly distrustful society now expects—just as the labor market is tighter than it has been in decades.

In our new podcast, Redwoods’ leadership will be discussing the connections between these themes.

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Staffing, Safety, Society Episodes

Episode One: A Dedication to Duty
After a historic week for the world, Redwoods’ Co-Founder and CEO Kevin Trapani sits down with Paige Bagwell to explore what it means to lead with values and conviction when society’s expectations are shifting. 

Episode Two: Supervision, The Fourth S
After discussing staffing, safety, and society, the next word in this series is also an answer to the challenges presented. Supervision goes beyond just watching. We’ll share some stories about what happens when management is not present and how to provide the best care possible.

Episode Three: ‘Passing the Trash’
What happens if someone asks you for a reference for someone who was terminated for breaching your code of conduct? Or who is suspected of abuse? Will you be candid with the hiring organization, or do concerns about confidentiality get in the way? Based on a listener request, we explore your responsibility to the community as a whole. And we provide practical strategies to avoid ‘passing the trash.’

Episode 4: Senseless Loss and Societal Intolerance
Days after a devastating mass shooting in our hometown of Raleigh NC, we discuss our own heartache at this senseless loss of life. We also explore societal trends of intolerance: The intolerance for personal wrongdoings, and the intolerance for bad corporate behavior, and how both can impact the ability of youth-serving non-profits to deliver on their mission.

Episode 5: Quiet Quitting and Employee Engagement
Quiet quitting” is a term that’s been used recently to refer to employees doing the bare minimum of their job responsibilities. We discuss this term and how it is poorly named, placing too much blame on the employee. Managers and employees alike have the responsibility to engage in work and organizational culture—making sure that everyone is motivated, engaged, and valued for the work they do.

Episode 6: Child Care Deserts
There are now more than 100,000 fewer childcare employees than before the pandemic started. In fact, in many states, more than 80% of childcare sites are reporting a staffing shortage. This changing environment has created childcare deserts, putting a new strain on families, and on youth-serving organizations too. In this episode, we look at creative ways youth-serving community organizations are stepping up to meet this challenge.

Episode 7: Match Program Scale to Staff Capacity
We know that recruiting and retaining staff is difficult across the country. In this episode, Kevin and Paige discuss why it’s important to be innovative, creative, and responsive so that programming doesn’t outweigh capacity. And they discuss the need to invest—and continue to invest—in current staff to make sure they feel loved and connected to purpose.

Episode 8: Your Role in Suicide Prevention
After Veteran’s Day, we discuss the rise in mental health challenges among veterans and active military. And we explore how community organizations play a role in suicide prevention. (If anyone you know needs support in the US, please call 988—the suicide and crisis lifeline.)