Hiring Tips & Strategies
Employment discrimination complaints today cover a wider range of issues, some of which were nonexistent a generation ago. New areas of dispute can include telecommuting and sexual orientation.
What does it take to be a great boss to your employees? According to Franz Metcalf and BJ Gallagher, nonprofit managers should take some lessons from the Buddha when it comes to treating employees with respect.
Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector knows that, while the work is rewarding, it is also challenging. It is common for a typical employee to find him or herself working long hours to secure a potential major donor or finalize events for the annual gala. That’s why it’s important for nonprofit managers to reward their employees for all of the hard work they do.
Even at the best of nonprofits there will be days when employee morale sags. Whether it’s due to declining fundraising numbers or any other number of stressful things, there are times when a manager must do something to raise spirits. In his book “1001 Ways To Reward Employees,” Bob Nelson lists 12 things you can do to turn a dreary office into a happy place:
Volunteers are a necessity for most nonprofits and the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, Canada is no different. According to Gail Nyberg, its executive director, volunteers are used at the organization solely because they are needed. Without them, she wrote in the book “5 Good Ideas,” they couldn’t come close to completing their mission of providing meals for the poor.
A good nonprofit manager is someone who communicates with their employees in a way that is fair and clear. This might sound like a relatively simple task at first glance but, as Dave McKhenie explained in the book “Five Good Ideas,” it takes a lot of hard work and flexibility on the part of the manager.
What exactly is strong leadership? The term is thrown around so much these days that it has almost lost meaning, but just because it has become a cliché doesn’t mean it’s useless. On the contrary, an effective leadership team is essential to a successful nonprofit.
Hiring a new employee for your nonprofit is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make as a human resources manager. As such, it’s imperative that you take the proper precautions before you make a final decision.
There is no doubt that talent is the greatest asset of any nonprofit. Without the right employees, an organization is unlikely to fulfill its mission in the most efficient way possible. That’s why it is important that human resources managers take the right approaches to the hiring process.
Your nonprofit needs new employees but not any person will fit your needs. As a hiring manager, you need to pay close attention to the traits of the applicants that you receive via your job posting. Keeping in mind the culture and mission of your organization, you should look for the following five character traits when deciding which applicants to pursue:
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!