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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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Victorian NFPs: Four COVID-19 supports for your staff that you might not know about

Government COVID-19 support for your staff

As Victorians bunker down for the strongest restrictions seen yet during the pandemic, it’s reassuring to see governments stepping up to support employees as much as they can.

With things moving so fast, here are four government supports that are now available for staff and volunteers at Victorian NFPs that you – or they – might not know are available to get through this tough period.

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A free, ready-made, expert training course for your NFP’s managers, direct from the experts at Google

Most NFP organisations realise just how important having great managers is to the success of their organisation – and they should also have a pretty good idea of what makes a great manager.

So the goal is clear. But as a senior leader or HR manager, how do you get your organisation and its managers to that point?

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Two national NFP surveys your organisation should contribute to

2020 NFP Sector Surveys

Australia’s NFP sector is an important part of our society and our economy – employing more than 10 percent of all working Australians, but massively under-represented when it comes to inputs into government decision-making and policy-making.

Can you help change that? Here are two surveys of the sector that will help inform policy-makers about the critical issues affecting the sector, and support ongoing advocacy on behalf of the sector’s interests – and ultimately, for the interests of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

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Google spent 10 years researching what makes a great manager. They found these 10 things

Research shows that managers matter. Employee engagement is linked to productivity, quality (fewer errors), lower turnover, less absenteeism and theft, and fewer safety incidents; and guess what: 70% of employee engagement is accounted for by team managers.

In 2008, Google set out to understand why managers are so important, and what makes a good manager.

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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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10 steps for NFP leaders to create a mentally healthy workplace

As a manager, you play a critical role in creating a mentally healthy workplace. This is through the people you directly supervise, and as a leader influencing others within your business. Your staff, in particular, will look to you for leadership, guidance and support. Whether or not your workplace currently sees mental health as a priority, there are many things you can do as a manager to contribute.

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