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 17: Aquatics Year in Review 2022
Michael Oostman has investigated nearly 1,000 drowning events in his lifetime—including all events at our customers’ pools and waterfronts. That means he knows a thing or two about how to make the water safe. Michael shares the trends he found in all of his investigations completed in 2022—and discusses current priorities for drowning prevention.

Episode 16: Creating an Anti-Racist Organization
Following on from our conversation about the nature and definition of structural racism, this week we are shifting our focus to action and implementation. Featuring a special guest, leadership coach and cultural change agent Sterling E. Freeman, we talk about what it really means to create an anti-racist organization.

Episode 15: Defining Structural Racism
‘Structural racism’ is a term that is used a lot. But what does it really mean? In observance of Black History Month, we look into the concept of structural racism, and give real examples of how this ill manifests in different ways across our society. Grounded in facts and data, we hope this episode serves as an introduction to terms, and helps to advance our work to create safe—and equitable—communities for all.

Episode 14: Gun Violence Prevention
Mass shootings always bring conversations about guns back to the forefront. But it is important to remember that they are one small part of a much broader problem. We view gun violence as any death, injury, or threat by the use of a gun. In this episode, we look at gun violence data and discuss the moral and practical imperative for practical gun violence prevention strategies that are both apolitical and evidence-based. We also explore the similarities between gun violence prevention and our work to prevent drownings, child sexual abuse, and even motor vehicle injuries.

Episode 13: Mental, Emotional, And Social Health with Tracey Gaslin
Tracey Gaslin has been a leader in the mental, emotional, and social health (MESH) space for years. She is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Camp Health, which serves as the knowledge center for camp health services. In this episode, Paige and Kevin learn about the innovative ways the Association for Camp Health is empowering camps to support their campers and staff.

Episode 12: Emotional Social Wellness for Staff
In this episode, we continue our discussion of emotional social wellness. This time, our focus is on staff—and we have a special guest. Derek Heim, the CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Metro South in Brockton, MA, tells us how his Club has innovated to provide new social-emotional resources for staff and youth.

Episode 11: Social and Emotional Needs of Youth
The social and emotional needs of youth have vastly changed post-pandemic. Schools and youth-serving organizations are seeing this firsthand with a rise in behavioral issues, lack of interest, and increased use of electronic devices. Paige and Kevin discuss how this directly affects your staff and how you can support them, so they can best support the needs of the kids in their care.

Episode 10: Seasonal Staffing and Training
As the holidays and New Year bring a rush of members to your organization, Paige and Kevin discuss how to use employment as a risk management tool. Ensuring you have the right people in the right places is the key to running safe and effective programs.

Episode 9: Stop Normalizing Antisemitism
In the weeks following Antisemitic remarks by Ye (formerly Kanye West), Kyrie Irving, and other celebrities, we look at how we can all play a part to end the normalization of Antisemitism. As Antisemitic comments and acts become more commonplace, it takes the courage of all to stop hate and racism against Jews. The Anti-Defamation League defines Antisemitism as “hostility to, prejudice towards, or discrimination against Jews. Antisemitism is considered to be a form of racism.” Please join us.

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.)

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 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 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 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 3: ‘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 2: 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 1: 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.