Managing People Well

How do successful not-for-profits develop future leaders? Part 2: What will your future needs be?

  Great leadership is central to all successful not-for-profit organisations.  In this five-part series, we look at strategies to recognise and realise the leadership potential within a not-for-profit. You can find part 1 here. Part 2 looks at how to understand what your future needs will be: Last week we got the leadership ball rolling […]

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101 ways to recognise your volunteers

Recognising volunteers in your organisation doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money. There are many ways you can show them you appreciate them without having to spend a cent! To mark National Volunteer Week this week (13-19 May), Volunteering Australia have helpfully put together this AMAZING list of 101 ways you can show […]

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National Volunteer Week – a great chance to thank your volunteers

Next week (13-19 May) is National Volunteer Week 2013 – Australia’s largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism. And according to Volunteering Victoria, one of their NVW initiatves has “gone viral” in less than a week, with more than 100 leaders of organisations with volunteers signing up to publicly declare thanks for their volunteers. The aim […]

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How do successful not-for-profits develop future leaders? Part 1: Start at the top

Great leadership is central to all successful not-for-profit organisations.  In this five-part series, we look at strategies to recognise and realise the leadership potential within a not-for-profit. Part 1 looks at where to start with engaging your current senior leaders: Step back and look at the people who are running your organisation. Look at your […]

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4 things every not-for-profit should know about workplace culture

Back in 2010 the Productivity Commission identified key workforce issues currently facing Not-For-Profit organisations. These included: Difficulties attracting and retaining employees due to low wages High levels of employee turnover within the sector A lack of career paths and training opportunities. The commission also determined that NFPs are attracting more employees than in 2000, with […]

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One word that should change how you reward your staff forever

And that word is: Meaning. According to recent research published in the Ivy Business Journal, tangible rewards such as pay raises, bonuses and benefits are not as effective for day-to-day motivation as the psychological rewards employees get from doing work that has meaning. It’s crucial information for resource-strapped not-for-profits aiming to keep staff happy, motivated and rewarded for their work.

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Nine essential steps for creating a great position description

Recruiting great staff or volunteers can be a long process, but it almost always starts with creating a position description. For not-for-profit organisations, a position description (PD) is especially important for attracting candidates, since it’s the place to start communicating the unique benefits of working for a NFP – social or environmental impact, flexible work […]

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