Remote Work

Staff working from home? Why you should create a caregiver-friendly work culture

Many in our community provide often unseen informal care, with the majority of carers being female, over the age of 45. Many of these invisible informal carers are also juggling employment.

COVID-19 is an opportune time – NFP employers have a unique chance to protect the physical, emotional and financial well-being of their carer-employees through creating a carer-friendly work culture. 

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Planning your return to the office after working remote? What if employees don’t want to go back?

For many workers, working 100% remotely during most of 2020 has been hard. But as states and industries look towards fully reopening in a new post-Covid-19 world, new people challenges are starting to emerge.

As many as a quarter of Australian employees say they don’t want to return to their offices until they feel safer – or perhaps ever.

So how should your organisation address this potential challenge?

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

COVID-19 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.

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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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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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