Managing People Well

Agile Retrospectives are a powerful tool for your NFP. Here’s how to run one

Agile is a framework for working that’s transformed and revolutionised technology development over the last couple of decades.

At the heart of Agile are ideas about experimenting, learning quickly from successes and failures, gathering feedback and iterating.

For NFPs that mostly aren’t developing software, Agile still has a lot to share.

Perhaps the most widely relevant and useful practice to come out of Agile – and one of the easiest to implement – is the “retrospective”.

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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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How hiring and accommodating workers with autism can benefit NFP employers – and all of us

NFP organisations seek to super-charge their impact and achieve their missions by hiring talented people, yet many capable workers are overlooked because they have autism.

Why is it happening? Largely because autism is poorly understood and managers are ill-informed about how to accommodate affected workers.

Fortunately, research has provided us with many strategies to make workplaces more inclusive.

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What is ‘inclusion’ and how to be an inclusive leader for your team

NFP organisations have long focused on trying to make their workforces more diverse. But research shows that simply enhancing the representation of employees from diverse backgrounds is not enough. To fully tap into the positive outcomes of diversity, organisations need to focus on inclusion.

But what’s really meant by inclusion? Here’s how to be an inclusive leader for your team.

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Are you or your teammates burned out? Here’s how to tell, and what to do about it

2020 has seen fires, an ongoing climate crisis, a global pandemic and now an emerging economic crisis as the real unemployment rate heads above 13 percent.

It’s enough to make even the most resilient NFP staff member feel stressed, anxious, worried and potentially burned out. So as a manager or HR professional, what can you do to help your staff – and yourself – avoid burning out?

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Even during a pandemic, your organisation can be a fun place to work. Here’s how

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers.

Besides making working lives more enjoyable, there is strong evidence that fun in the workplace packs a powerful punch in terms of organisational benefits.

Fun in the workplace is highly subjective. So how can NFPs create a suitably pro-fun culture and environment?

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