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This science-based tool can help your team build psychological safety

This science-based tool can help your team build psychological safety

Workplaces have come a long way from a time when safety was equated with physical safety. Occupational health and safety is no longer simply about hardhats and steel-toed work boots — it’s also about psychological safety. A psychologically safe workplace is one where it’s OK to make mistakes, it’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to speak up and disagree with superiors or other members of your team. Psychological safety is everyone’s responsibility, but hinges on leadership valuing and facilitating it.

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The secret to retaining your employees? Focus on career advancement

The secret to retaining you employees? Focus on career advancement

Leaders overlook internal promotions at their peril. In a Pew Research survey, 63% of respondents who left jobs in 2021 cited a lack of advancement opportunities as a reason. And a 2022 McKinsey study noted that a lack of career development and advancement was the most common reason given for quitting a job. With that in mind, here are three ways NFPs can use career development to retain employees for longer.

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Every Australian employer has new duties under the Sex Discrimination Act – here’s what you need to know

Australian employers have new duties under the Sex Discrimination Act

You may well have missed it, but in December 2022 changes to the federal Sex Discrimination Act came into affect. The legal changes have been made to better protect workers from sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination, harassment, and unfair treatment in the workplace, and they impose some significant new responsibilities on every Australian employer, including every NFP organisation.

These are the seven new standards that the Commission expects all organisations to satisfy the positive duty under the Sex Discrimination Act, plus some advice on what to do next to make sure your organisation is compliant.

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We asked the NFP sector about how they use employee referral programs. Here’s what they said

We asked the NFP sector about how they use employee referral programs. Here’s what they said

One recruitment tool that many NFPs have yet to embrace is an employee referral program. So we surveyed and compiled benchmark data from Australian NFP organisations of all sizes, showing how they’re currently using employee referral programs.

This post has the full low-down, including some tips on how to get started if you’re part of the 63% of NFP organisations without one.

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7 ways managers can help employees take meaningful time off and avoid burnout

Managers can help employees take time out

Hybrid work has many advantages, but also challenges when it comes to maintaining connections required for trust and high performance. How do you foster engagement and motivation, while honouring your employees’ work life goals and time away from work duties? Here are seven habits managers can use to help navigate the challenges that employees face while taking time off from hybrid and remote work.

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How micro-accommodations can fight back against discrimination

how micro-accommodations can fight back against discrimination

Discrimination is a complex phenomenon, involving a mix of big and small, intentional and unthinking, acts. Sexism or racism can be a large “not welcome” sign, but it can also be a series of micro-aggressions that leave women or racial minorities feeling marginalised, stigmatised or emotionally exhausted from repeated attempts to claim their rightful place on the team or at the table.

In the guest post, Professor Rosalind Dixon from the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law offers some valuable advice for managers to help employees thrive, rather than just survive, at work.

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9 things to do differently if you’re struggling to find the right candidate (or any candidates) for your job

What to do if your job ad doesn't get the response you're looking for

It’s a difficult time to recruit staff for just about every not-for-profit organisation. The Australian job-market as a whole is tighter than ever, with record-low unemployment. That means fewer people than ever are looking for a job – and job vacancies are up 95 per cent in the last three years.

So if you’ve tried to fill a role and haven’t found the right candidate – or perhaps haven’t found any candidates at all – here are the top nine things you should consider changing.

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