So let’s say you have hired an employee for your nonprofit and, by chance, he/she turns out to be not only a good employee, but also an invaluable member of your organization. Congratulations, you should be proud of yourself. Now you have to prepare for the hard part: employee retention. For many nonprofit managers, reducing employee turnover can be the hardest part of running an organization. Let’s face it, as your employee becomes more successful at what they do, they will become a valuable commodity to other organizations. So how can you get this person to stay? Well, here are some retention tips that will help you reach that goal:
- You should offer the most competitive salary and benefits you can. This means doing research of similar not-for-profit organizations and seeing what they offer their top employees. If it’s in your budget, you need to at least match that.
- Assuming you have done this, it’s time to make sure you establish a relationship of trust with your employees. Believe it or not, money is not the only reason employee retention can be an issue for companies. If your top employees do not respect or trust you, you are going to be at risk of losing him/her.
- One way to establish such trust and respect is to actually listen to them. If they have a suggestion or an idea that is reasonable to implement, then use it. There is no better way to make an employee feel good than to use their ideas.
- Recognize that an employee’s personal time is valuable. Offer flexible start and ending times, that will allow them to, say, attend their son’s soccer game.
- Nurture a fun workplace environment. Try and set up organization traditions, like Halloween Costume Parties or Secret Santa Gift Exchanges. Really, anything that helps your organization feel like a second home rather than a workplace will do wonders for your employee turnover numbers.
- People don’t like having to do the same things day after day, so provide an opportunity for your employees to do not only advance in the company, but have a wide array of tasks to do. As we have already indicated, a busy employee is a happy employee.