Workplace Diversity

Is your NFP an attractive place to work for young people?

When it comes to shaping the future of the not-for-profit sector, young people are in a unique position.

Millennials – which covers everyone aged from about 17 to 37 – are empowered by new and emerging technologies, and are driven by a strong sense of social justice.

And that’s a good thing, since they’re the ones who will eventually be running the NFP sector – alongside the rest of our society’s institutions.

So how does your organisation do at recruiting, training and retaining young people as staff and volunteers?

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Unconscious bias is keeping women out of senior NFP roles, but we can get around it

Most people would not consciously decide to hire candidates based on whether they remind them of themselves. But one unconscious bias – affinity bias – may lead people to favour candidates who are like themselves, research shows.

If senior managers and NFP boards are made up of mostly men who unconsciously engage in such bias, it stands to reason that more men than women will continue to be hired and promoted – particularly men who share the same background with current managers. This only serves to perpetuate the cycle of men outnumbering women in leadership positions.

So what can be done?

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Women in leadership: how does your NFP stack up?

Australia’s record on women in leadership isn’t a shining one. Despite comprising around 46 percent of the Australian workforce, women make up only a quarter of key management staff.

But what about the NFP sector? Surely for organisations dedicated to a more just and equitable world, the statistics would look a lot better?

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Staff with kids? This new website is here to help.

“Higher absenteeism, lower productivity, higher staff turnover… as well as reputational damage”. They’re just a few of the issues arising from an alarming amount of workplace discrimination uncovered by the Australian Human Rights Commission related to pregnancy, parental leave or returning to work from leave. Fortunately, there’s a fantastic new website to address these very issues.

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4 things your organisation can do to stop racism

Over the last weeks it’s been impossible to miss the controversy of AFL player, Brownlow Medalist and former Australian-of-the-Year Adam Goodes being booed by football crowds – and the impact of the crowd behaviour on Goodes himself and on Australia’s view of itself as a mature, tolerant and diverse society. So what is your organisation doing to stop racism? And what more could it be doing? Here’s four ideas from the “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign.

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