Latest from the NFP People Blog

Three reasons you need more plants in your office

Office buildings, where many Australians spend most of their waking hours, can cause real health issues. Cubicles in offices usually consist of partitions made of particle board and vinyl carpet, synthetic flooring, a particle board desk and plastic or synthetic office chair, mostly lit by artificial lighting.

One excellent way to combat both sick days and stress is by filling your office with plants. Ideally, you want plants that will “scrub” the air of pathogens, improve the office’s mix of bacteria, and survive in low light with little care.

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How to hire great managers for your not-for-profit

Great managers are critical to an organisation’s ability to make an impact. They drive staff engagement, set the tone for the organisation’s culture, have a significant impact on staff retention and much more.

But what does a great manager or team leader look like on paper – or in an interview?

At the end of 2017 we asked our NFP People community that question, and received some excellent and useful advice from NFPs across the country – advice you can apply to your recruitment processes today.

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Our top ten posts from 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over! We hope it’s been a great year for you – and that the ideas and perspectives we’ve been able to bring you this year through the Not-For-Profit People Blog and Conference have made a positive impact for you and your organisation’s staff and volunteers.

We’re looking forward to bringing you more organisation-changing ideas to attract, manage, train and retain the very best people in 2018 – but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy taking a look back at our 10 most popular posts of 2017.

Happy and safe holidays!

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10 of the top candidate assessment tools – and how to choose the best one for your NFP

You’re undoubtably making good use of interviews in your organisation. But how about pre-employment tests?

In the age of “Big Data”, there are new tools emerging every day that use data collected from thousands – or millions – of people to show you how your potential hire compares across a variety of evaluation areas and metrics.

Given that different tools provide immense value in different areas and for different organisations, how do you choose between them?

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Top six lessons we learned at the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference

Another amazing Not-For-Profit People Conference under our collective belts!

It was such a pleasure for the EthicalJobs.com.au team to host over 30 speakers and more than 500 attendees over two days in November, to share ideas on recruiting, managing and retaining their staff and volunteers, and make some fantastic connection with NFP sector peers.

If you were there with us, we hope you’ve come away with some new great ideas to help you work better and boost your organisation’s impact.

Couldn’t make it to the conference? Here are five of the most memorable lessons we learnt – and would love to share with you.

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How “design thinking” can change the way your NFP works

Are teams in your organisation open to new ways of working?

While “innovation” may be something everyone says they love, when push comes to shove, convention and tradition – ‘the way things have always been done’ – often rules supreme.

That’s because innovation can be risky, unproven – and scary. But given that not-for-profit organisations deal with some of our society’s most important problems, the need to apply creative solutions in order to make an impact is even more important – particularly with a rapidly changing external environment and increasingly strained budgets.

Enter “Design Thinking”.

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