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Most devices in offices these days are connected to the Internet. Whether it’s the standard computer or a smartphone, our technology is online nearly 24/7. While this is mostly a good thing, it also has risks. If you aren’t careful, you could be on the receiving end of a virus that could severely hamper the hard work of your organization.Thankfully, there are ways to safeguard your devices from such risks.In “Nonprofit Management 101,” Holly Ross, executive director of Portland, Ore.-based Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), wrote that it’s extremely important for organizations to take the safety of their devices seriously. She recommended using the following five techniques to ensure that your operations continue to run smoothly:
- Firewall: This is basically a gate between the outside world and your network of computers. It’s essential that you have a firewall set up to keep spammers, hackers, and other malicious people from infiltrating your network to use it for nefarious purposes.
- Antivirus protection: Antivirus software should be installed on each of the computers on your network. Worms and viruses continue to be written every day, so it’s essential that you purchase the regular update packages for whichever program you choose to use.
- Backup: Most people view backing up as insurance for extreme situations such as natural disasters, but the backup is most important in many day-to-day situations.
- Passwords: The simplest thing you can do to protect your organization’s data and files is to put in place a strong password policy. Ensure that staff are both using different passwords for logins and changing their passwords frequently.
- Physical security: Equipment like laptops, printers, and desktop computers should be secured to desks with cable locks so they can’t be removed.
Networking is one of the best ways to improve your chances of finding a job. If done successfully, you will have a wide range of contacts who will do what they can to find opportunities for you. There is such a thing as bad networking — and it can do more harm to your chances than if you didn’t network at all.On the surface, it makes sense to interact only with those individuals who have the same interests and skills as you. In reality, however, these contacts are unlikely to get you to the next level. In fact, they may view you as competition. This is not to say you shouldn’t have anybody in your network like this; you should just make sure to have a more diversified contact list.Another bad networking habit is only beginning the process when you don’t have a job. You should really be working to make new contacts even when you are employed. Desperation is no way to conduct a job search, and having ready-made contacts to turn to if you become unemployed will be useful. Start developing relationships today but remember, don’t ask for favors right away.Job seekers sometimes make the mistake of choosing quantity over quality. In other words, they have hundreds of contacts, but have neglected to cultivate real relationships with most of them. It’s much more effective to have a handful of really good networking contacts than to have hundreds with whom you have no connection.Finally, you should know exactly what you want when you begin your networking. You obviously want a nonprofit job, but what kind? What position are you specifically looking to obtain? If you don’t know what you are looking for, how can someone else help you?At the end of the day, networking is what you make of it. If you put a lot of time and effort into it, you will get great results. But if you don’t take it seriously and make mistakes like the ones listed above, it’s not likely to help you much.
UPDATE: Glenelg Country School is also looking to hire a Director of Development. Check the job posting for more details.
In the nonprofit world, risk usually comes from two sources: Employees or process.
People tend to follow conventional wisdom when they approach something that is new. Take the job search, for instance. People looking for work will often get advice telling them what they should and should not do. Much of this information is spot on, but there are some statements out there that simply aren’t true.
Liberty Mutual will increase its charitable giving in Massachusetts this year, at the same time as other major financial institutions in Boston plan to maintain their previous levels of support.
As the 2012 presidential election starts to heat up, it’s important for nonprofit managers to give themselves a refresher course on the rules governing their organizations when it comes to advocacy.
The topic of telecommuting has come up on this blog in the past as it relates to job seekers. Should they consider it when applying for work? What is the advantage of working from home as opposed to at the office? These are all questions that have been discussed in previous posts.As big of an issue as it is for job hunters, telecommuting affects employers just as much.Having employees work remotely can sometimes be a hassle. While technology has allowed remote workers to better interact with their co-workers, it can still be hard when an individual is not around to give instant feedback. Any nonprofit that allows telecommuting must have sound policies in place to make sure things run smoothly.Jeff Tenenbaum, who chairs the Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group at Venable LLP, suggested several components that organizations need to include when creating telecommuting policies. These include:
- A clear definition of “telecommuting” for purposes of the telecommuting policy and any agreements between the employer and the employee;
- Easy-to-understand eligibility requirements;
- The steps of the telecommuting-approval procedure;
- Clarity that participation in the telecommuting program is a privilege and not a right, subject to revocation at any time for any lawful reason;
- Notice that abuse of telecommuting can result in disciplinary action, including termination;
- Understanding of the employer’s right to inspect the home-based work environment;
- A non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement;
- Statement of the employer’s right to change the terms of its telecommuting policy; and,
- Clear language that the telecommuting employee is expected to meet the same performance standards as on-site employees.
Software giant Blackbaud appointed Joseph (Joe) D. Moye as president of its Enterprise Customer Business Unit (ECBU). He replaces Gene Austin, the former CEO of software firm Convio, which was acquired by Blackbaud earlier this year.
Nonprofit Davids might have plunked the sector’s Goliaths. Small organizations experienced have fundraising growth while the big boys are losing ground.
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