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Claiming a seat at the table: why and how HR should be playing a key role in your NFP’s strategic planning

Who’s involved in setting your organisation’s strategy?

Traditionally, HR wasn’t a part of the strategic planning process in most organisations. People considerations were more of an afterthought or a response to the strategy that was already set by senior management.

But in the rapidly changing Australian NFP sector, can organisations afford to leave HR expertise and perspective out of their strategic planning processes?

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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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Five tips to hire an amazing admin person for your NFP

Every organisation has them. And a bad one can cause serious problems for a team – while a good one can be be a god-send. So what do you look for when you’re recruiting an admin person for your team?

That’s what we asked our NFP People community last month. And we were pleased to receive some fantastic responses from recruitment pros in a range of organisations.

So here are the top five tips on how to hire admin staff for your organisation, thanks to the NFP People community.

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How the NFP sector needs to respond to the rapidly changing landscape of work

You’ve probably noticed that the world of work is changing fast – probably faster than ever before.

Driven by technological changes, generational shifts and increasing demands for flexibility from both employers and employees, we’re rapidly leaving behind the traditional idea of the workforce to make way for new ways of working.

So how should Australian NFPs approach the changing landscape of work?

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How to tell the difference between a staff member who’s underperforming, and one who’s suffering with their mental health

A key part of any manager’s job is to know how to approach staff who are struggling to do their job to the required standards or expectations.

But with increasing recognition of mental illness in the workplace, before you begin a performance management process with a staff member, it’s important to ask: could this be a mental health problem, rather than a pure performance problem?

And how do you tell the difference?

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Want to come to the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference? Here’s how to pitch it to your boss

If you want to hear from some of Australia’s most successful NFP organisations on how they attract, train and retain the best staff and volunteers, you can’t afford to miss the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference.

But if you need help convincing your manager before you can join us and hundreds of other NFP professionals on November 13 and 14, we can help you put forward your best case.

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How ancient wisdom can help managers give their employees better feedback

Giving feedback is unquestionably one of the most challenging tasks for any leader, as it can be painful to both the giver and receiver. It is nonetheless invaluable: Research has shown that employees recognize the importance of feedback – whether positive or negative – to their career development.

Despite the research showing that many people welcome it, provided it’s given well, most leaders are reluctant and uncomfortable providing negative feedback. So how can managers become better at providing their employees with negative feedback that successfully highlights problems and how to resolve them?

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