Staffing & Human Resources

Respect, Communication and Documentation: What Every Nonprofit Needs
July 9, 2019 at 12:34 pm

I think it is safe to assume we all want to be happy in our work and feel like our efforts are valued and appreciated by others. But it isn’t always easy for companies to find the intersection of structure and freedom that allow staff and volunteers to flourish...

Give Internal Candidates a Chance for Promotion
June 14, 2019 at 9:57 am

Several years ago, I worked for an organization as the No. 2 manager. I had an excellent performance record. I was loyal and did everything I could to promote the organization. My boss retired, and the organization decided to spend $60,000 on hiring a national search firm to secure his replacement...

Lead the Modern Nonprofit Workforce By Example
June 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm

It’s no surprise that the best nonprofit employees are the ones who are thoroughly engaged with their organization. But here’s a question: What does it mean to be engaged—or not engaged or disengaged?...

Employee Retention During Low Nonprofit Unemployment—A Mandatory Focus
June 7, 2019 at 10:33 am

When low nonprofit employment occurs, it hurts when employees resign, because it may take longer than usual to fill positions if you are fortunate enough to do so. Many employees use low unemployment as a leverage within their current jobs. Since the cost of replacing employees is very high, employers must brace themselves for the current new reality...

The Importance of Nonprofit Recruiting
May 31, 2019 at 1:24 pm

I have done my fair share of nonprofit recruiting and have hired a number of individuals through my long career. Each search was unique and, at times, tested my patience. Ideally, you want to keep good employees, but cannot always achieve this goal for a variety of reasons...

Collaborative Learning Helps Nonprofits Reach Mission Impact Goals
May 30, 2019 at 11:04 am

There has been a growing trend in our space, and it keeps on growing. With over 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. alone, those who are supporting various nonprofits are demanding more accountability—they want to know how their dollars are being spent and how those dollars are impacting nonprofit missions...

Make Succession Planning and Staff Development a Priority
May 21, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Recently I enjoyed lunch with two friends who also happen to be my mentors. One is a former manufacturing operations guru who, for decades, has enjoyed success in human resources. The other is the former CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The focus of the conversation ended up on a vital nonprofit and fundraising topic: succession planning...

Social Service Organizations—Turn Staff Turnover on Its Head
April 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm

The reality we must accept, and not bemoan, is that social service nonprofits cannot compete with for-profit corporate salaries and benefit packages. Social service employers would like to pay employees what they are worth. They would if they could...