Managing People Well

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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How to conduct an effective performance review remotely

For most in the NFP sector, 2020 has brought new experiences of working remotely. That means all sorts of processes will need to be adapted for those staff who work remotely – including performance reviews.

So what does an effective performance review look like, done remotely in the middle of a pandemic?

Here are some essential elements to consider as you plan performance reviews for your staff working remotely.

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A free, ready-made, expert training course for your NFP’s managers, direct from the experts at Google

Most NFP organisations realise just how important having great managers is to the success of their organisation – and they should also have a pretty good idea of what makes a great manager.

So the goal is clear. But as a senior leader or HR manager, how do you get your organisation and its managers to that point?

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Google spent 10 years researching what makes a great manager. They found these 10 things

Research shows that managers matter. Employee engagement is linked to productivity, quality (fewer errors), lower turnover, less absenteeism and theft, and fewer safety incidents; and guess what: 70% of employee engagement is accounted for by team managers.

In 2008, Google set out to understand why managers are so important, and what makes a good manager.

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Six tips for the difficult conversation with a remote employee who’s underperforming

Employees want more feedback. Gen Y employees in particular, want constant feedback. Managers however are often reluctant to give feedback if they fear that what starts as a rational conversation may degenerate into an emotional one. Even managers trained in coaching have admitted to being reluctant to tackle employees seen as abrasive or aggressive.

Here are some simple guidelines to help managers achieve positive outcomes from difficult conversations.

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10 steps for NFP leaders to create a mentally healthy workplace

As a manager, you play a critical role in creating a mentally healthy workplace. This is through the people you directly supervise, and as a leader influencing others within your business. Your staff, in particular, will look to you for leadership, guidance and support. Whether or not your workplace currently sees mental health as a priority, there are many things you can do as a manager to contribute.

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