Latest from the NFP People Blog

Why employees hesitate to speak up at work — and how to encourage them

Employee voice — speaking up with ideas, concerns, opinions or information — is vital for organisational performance and innovation. Yet studies consistently show that employees are reluctant to speak up, and are even hardwired to remain silent, with 50 per cent of employees keeping quiet at work.

Why is this the case, and how can we help people voice their opinions at work more effectively?

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A once-in-a-lifetime leadership opportunity for NFP CEOs

Good leadership is crucial for NFPs to succeed.

That’s why four major Australian foundations have announced a collaboration to create a 10-month, national capacity-building and leadership program for CEOs in Australian not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.

The Social Impact Leadership Australia program (SILA) is an evidence-based program specifically developed to meet the needs of Australian CEOs and build the capacity of their organisations directly and indirectly.

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This Valentine’s Day show your team some love. Here’s why and how

Did you know that people are less likely to express gratitude at work than anywhere else?

While it can sometimes be hard to see the value of a pat on the back – particularly in response to work someone is paid to do – the truth is that staff not shown gratitude are often less satisfied, less engaged and more likely to move on.

This Valentine’s Day, here’s some practical tips for how you can show your staff some love – not just today, but all year round.

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The top perks that potential employees really want from your NFP

Ping pong tables? Foosball? A beer fridge? Roving masseurs? These are some of the benefits that Silicon Valley-type startups spruik as exciting perks to attract employees.

But while trendy start-ups may have cornered the market on providing funky offices equipped with personal pastry chefs, are these perks really what your ideal candidates actually want in an NFP workplace?

Here are the top five perks that for-purpose jobseekers actually want from a new workplace.

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Improve your recruiting in 2021: start by rejecting better

It turns out that the first step towards hiring better staff and volunteers in 2021 might actually be learning how to reject those who don’t fit the role.

When you put people first, people are more likely to put you first. And isn’t that the kind of talent you ultimately want to hire?

So how could we reject better?

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Four top people & culture priorities for NFPs in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic will hopefully go down in history as a once-in-100-year event for the human race. And standing at the forefront of some of the most significant impacts affecting NFP workplaces have been HR managers and teams.

But 2021 brings with it a suite of fresh challenges that will stretch the creativity, ingenuity and resilience of HR professionals like never before.

The team at Ethicaljobs.com.au has pulled together the top four HR priorities we reckon NFP organisations will need to keep top of mind for in 2021.

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4 lessons from Facebook to manage remote workers effectively and fairly

What experts are saying about productivity has ebbed and flowed over the last several months as everyone adjusted to the impact of remote work. What was initially reported as a strong uptick in productivity at the onset of the pandemic—be it because people were clinging to their jobs for dear life, or because they were looking for something to distract them from the newfound chaos—has since slid into a noticeable decline for employees in certain roles.

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Our top ten posts of 2020

2020 has certainly been a challenging year with COVID-19 forcing most NFP organisations to adapt and change the way they manage, recruit and train staff and volunteers.

We hope you’ve still had a good year and that the ideas we’ve brought you through the Not-For-Profit People Blog have helped you navigate some of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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10 ways NFP employers can include Indigenous Australians

A new survey of 1,033 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers across Australia reveals some shocking realities about experiences of racism, the lack of cultural safety and ‘identity strain’ experienced by Indigenous people in Australian workplaces.

Only a quarter of survey participants said they worked in organisations they felt were authentically committed to change – acting, rather than simply saying they were committed to act.

Drawing from the report’s recommendations, here are 10 key actions NFP organisations can take to improve workplace inclusion for indigenous staff, starting today.

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Are you using the best tools to recruit? Five ways an Applicant Management System would benefit your NFP

Finding great staff and volunteers might be the most impactful activity your organisation does – because it multiplies the impact of all your other work. But recruiting can be incredibly time consuming – especially when you’re not using the right tools.

Here are five ways an AMS could make your life easier, and improve the recruitment process at your NFP.

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