Remote Work

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.

Read more

Have you learned these lessons about how to recruit great employees and volunteers remotely?

COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have fundamentally changed the way we work, live and interact with one another. The pandemic has also transformed how HR professionals plan and conduct recruitment activities.

Whether you’ve been actively recruiting through the last few months or not, remote recruitment will continue to be an essential skill for HR and recruitment professionals into the future.

So after months of remote recuiting, what lessons have you learned to help your NFP recruit and evaluate candidates remotely for the future? Here are a few of the best we’ve collected.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

More NFPs are discovering the benefits of remote workers. Here’s how to update your recruitment process to make that work

If your NFP doesn’t already use remote workers, chances are good that you will in future.

That’s because – and this will be news to no-one – the landscape of Australia’s workforce is changing. Influenced by high-speed broadband and the ubiquity of virtual tools, organisations are increasingly using remote workers to maximise flexibility for both staff and the organisation as a whole.

In fact, many roles across to the not-for-profit sector can be performed remotely, from managers to graphic designers to counsellors – and beyond.

So how does your recruitment process need to change to take remote workers into account?

Read more