Culture and Values

How to build a more resilient team

The unprecedented challenges of the pandemic have tested many NFP employees to their limits. So why have some been able to bounce back and carry on while others have struggled?

The answer may be resilience – a characteristic that gives teams the capacity to survive and even thrive in the face of adversity.

And the good news is it’s not an innate trait. It can be developed.

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Four ways NFP organisations can avoid post-pandemic employee turnover

Working from home has revealed that employees can have it all and they don’t want to lose this privilege. A recent survey showed that almost half of employees would look for a new employer rather than give up the ability to work from home at least part of the time.

Here are four proposals for employers to stave off employee turnover during the return to in-person work.

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How to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion work in your organisation

To address systemic racism, many organisations are starting to create anti-racist diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) change agendas. Yet there is a wide chasm separating those organisations doing DEI work and those that are actually valuing the DEI work being done.

Here is a summary of a few key issues that Diversity Equity and Inclusion experts and their organisations currently face – and a “MERIT” framework for valuing DEI work, which accounts for both the objective and subjective notions of merit.

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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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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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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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