Managing People Well

Five ways to be a better manager while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

For many, working from home is the new normal and poses all sorts of new challenges. Anyone in a position of management has, overnight, lost many of the tangible aspects of doing their job – particularly the non-verbal aspects of communication and how we interact in space, in person.

It is essential that managers are attuned to the various personal needs of their colleagues at this time. Here are five tips to help managers put themselves in the shoes of their colleagues and take their perspective.

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How to approach an employee who may have poor mental health during the coronavirus lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty and instability that has the potential to exacerbate existing anxiety and depression, and contribute to the onset of new mental health problems.

Given this environment, understanding how to support people experiencing mental health issues is a pivotal part of guiding your team through these challenging times.

The Head of Operations People and Culture at the Black Dog Institute, Marian Spencer shares her tips for how you can spot the signs that a staff member might be going through mental health challenges, and what you can do to support them through it.

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How to make your staff happy

Every NFP wants their staff and volunteers to be happy.

Not just because research shows that happy staff are around 12 percent more productive (and those who are unhappy are 10 percent less productive) but because we care about the people we work with and want the best for them.

We can’t create a better world by making people unhappy.

So what’s the best way to tell if your staff are happy? And what should you do if they’re not?

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Three sources of staff burnout in your NFP – and how to tackle them

Burnout is a common problem in Australian workplaces – and in the NFP sector in particular.

Among the “most at-risk occupations” for mental heath claims, community sector workers – “social and welfare professionals” and “health and welfare support workers” – occupy two of the top five positions.

So do your organisation’s leaders recognise the role that your own processes might be playing in creating a high-stress environment?

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A free course in story-telling, for leaders in purpose-driven organisations

Far from being a soft, touchy-feely skill, neuroscience has shown that storytelling is a one of the most powerful tools a leader has. A great storyteller can weave a story that allows her to enter the minds of colleagues and change what they feel, to change what they think, to influence how they act.

Which is why the +Acumen platform is offering NFP leaders the chance to learn storytelling for free!

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Five valuable things we learned at the 2018 Not-For-Profit People Conference

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is done for another year. And what a couple of days it was! The atmosphere was electric; the speakers inspiring; and the delegates’ enthusiasm was contagious.

It’s difficult to hand-pick the key takeaways from the conference – there were so many with 36 speakers and 23 sessions – so here are our top five based on the top issues facing people managers in NFPs today.

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The 10 design principles that could make you a better leader

design thinking and design leadership

The growing popularity of “design thinking” shows just how much leaders at all levels can learn from designers.

A “design mindset” can give a leader a clear thinking or problem-solving process that works well with everyone from family members to a community, or whole organisation.

Leaders with a design mindset “paint” the way forward with colourful, wide brushes to ensure a diverse range of perspectives.

The trick is knowing which aspect of our thinking processes to listen to at which time. Is it time to converge on an idea or action? Or is it time to diverge to create more options?

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