Inequality, injustice, environmental destruction . . . things need to change in the world – that much is clear to anyone working in the NFP sector.
And to create the future we want – and need – it’s going to take leaders who can step up and “shape the future we want.”
A great fundraiser is (almost literally!) worth their weight in gold. That’s also why they’re notoriously difficult to recruit.
From face-to-face fundraisers to corporate partnership managers and every job in between, many NFPs rely heavily on the donations and grants brought in by their fundraisers.
So what can your organisation do to get on the front foot when it comes to hiring great staff in this field where demand far outstrips supply of experienced staff?
Spurred into action by the global #MeToo movement, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins says the global conversation about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement has exposed the true prevalence of the problem and the harm it causes to individuals, workplaces and society.
Everybody disagrees, sometimes.
But despite disagreements being widespread in the workplace, they can often remain unresolved.
Simmering below the surface, unresolved conflicts can negatively impact organisational culture, productivity and staff/volunteer morale.
Enter the concept of “Conflict Intelligence”.
The Not-For-Profit People Conference is back on on 19-20 November, and we’re excited to announce that we have 15 scholarship tickets to give away to small, Australia-based not-for-profit organisations.
One of the most admirable and arguably underrated qualities of leadership is the capacity for reflection. Confucius called it the most noble way to learn wisdom.
But when we talk about what makes someone a successful leader, we typically describe attributes like the ability to innovate, make strategic decisions or manage uncertainty. We rarely mention reflection among the core traits of a great leader.
But the ability to reflect is actually among the most important traits that will determine a leader’s success.
“High standards are contagious. Bring a new person onto a high standards team, and they’ll quickly adapt. The opposite is also true. If low standards prevail, those too will quickly spread. And though exposure works well to teach high standards, I believe you can accelerate that rate of learning by articulating a few core principles of high standards.”
That’s Jeff Bezos – founder and CEO of Amazon, and also the wealthiest person in the world.
While you might wonder about how much a billionaire has to teach leaders in Australia’s NFP sector, the lessons from Bezos’ annual letter to his shareholders are hugely relevant for leaders in any organisation, of any size.
Does your organisation sometimes base HR decisions on emotions, instincts or politics rather than data?
Every day, reams of data are created by your organisation that could help you make better people decisions. Decisions like: Who to hire? Who to promote? How to manage great staff or struggling staff? How to build high-performing teams?
But how do you turn all that data you’ve got – whether through CVs, staff surveys, or staff pay and performance data – into actionable insights? Here’s how.
Lawyers are warning that a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission should make employers “very cautious when attempting to classify their junior or low-paid employees as ‘award free’”.
While most employees in the NFP sector are covered by a Modern Award, if your organisation has previously assumed that some junior employees aren’t covered by an award, you’ll now need to reassess that – or potentially be faced with future underpayment claims.
Good staff are an NFP’s most important asset. And that means hiring them is one of the single most important functions of your organisation. But without a compelling and targeted job ad, you’re unlikely to find them.
So how do make your job ad really connect with your perfect candidate? Here are the three key things you need to consider.