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How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

July 3, 2018 | 1,037 views

How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

How to Gather Feedback From Your Volunteers

In the business world, there’s something called the feedback loop. This loop is a systematic approach to gather opinions from people, use those opinions to make changes, and then start over again. It’s a cause-and-effect approach that enables companies to grow.

 

Your non-profit can benefit from feedback looping when requesting ideas and insights from your volunteers. Here’s how to make it most effective.

 

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Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

June 27, 2018 | 930 views

Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

Are You Being Too Transparent With Your Operations?

In general, transparency is seen as a positive in the workplace. This is especially true when it comes to HR tasks, like feedback on performance, scheduling expectations, and progress toward common goals. But is there such thing as too much transparency? Sure there is.

 

Here’s how to know when you’re being too transparent with your team and the potential downsides it can have.

 

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How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

June 20, 2018 | 850 views

How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

How to Better Understand Your Employees Needs

About a year ago, Amazon rolled out a program called Connections. This program prompts employees each morning to answer a single question. The questions range from how they feel about their manager to how they feel about the cleanliness of the bathrooms and cover everything in between. The goal? To give Amazon more information about how their employees think and feel while at work.

 

To employers, this sounds like a fantastic and easy way to gather information about employee’s needs without hitting the pavement and talking to each person individually. Although this program has serious potential, it can only work if it’s done properly.

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What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

June 6, 2018 | 971 views

What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

What Gen-Z is Looking For in an Employer

Move aside, Millennials. A new generation is entering the workforce and they’re coming in with new ideas for what they want out of their employers.

 

Gen-Z (or iGen or Post-Millennials) were born between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s. This generation has grown up with technology and social media, which means their perspective on life is vastly different than older generations. What does that mean for their desires from employers? Turns out, it might not be as different as you might think. Here are three things Gen-Z is looking for as they enter the workforce.

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Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

May 23, 2018 | 1,140 views

Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

Want to be Better at HR? Study Empathy

Without question, we are living in an incredibly digital world. Today, you can order a cup of coffee, design the pizza your family will eat for dinner, request a taxi, and stock up on items for your next camping adventure, all with a few taps of your finger on your smartphone – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

May 16, 2018 | 938 views

Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

Preparing for an Influx of Summer Vacation Requests

As the weather heats up, more people are itching to get outside and take advantage of the warmer temperatures. This time of year, managers like you are faced with a difficult dilemma. While you want to honor as many vacation requests as you can and give your team some freedom, you still have a business to run. Rain or shine, here’s how to prepare for an influx of summer vacation requests.

 

Communicate Early and Often

The earlier you can set expectations for your summer vacation policy, the better. Communicate what you expect from your team in terms of taking time off. Some policies might include:

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Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

May 9, 2018 | 1,112 views

Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

Do You Really Have to Offer Paid Time Off For Every Holiday?

A few months ago, we shared with you the jarring statistic that 662 million vacation days go unused every year, according to Project Time Off. That’s fairly startling, when you think about it. People have paid vacation time that they can use just about whenever they want and yet, they’re not.

 

As an employer, you might be asking yourself a few questions.

 

1. Should you do more to encourage your team to take time away from the office?

 

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4 HR Issues Facing Nonprofits in 2018

May 2, 2018 | 1,172 views

4 HR Issues Facing Nonprofits in 2018

4 HR Issues Facing Nonprofits in 2018

The field of human resources is ever changing. Perhaps no industry knows that as well as the nonprofit industry.

 

Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges from other corporations. These challenges can make it difficult to fill the schedule with top talent and dedicated volunteers, while still operating like a business. Sound familiar? Here are the top four issues facing nonprofits in 2018 and ways to ease these challenges as you move through the remainder of the year.

 

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5 Reasons to Move Your Scheduling to the Cloud

April 25, 2018 | 932 views

5 Reasons to Move Your Scheduling to the Cloud

5 Reasons to Move Your Scheduling to the Cloud

You’ve heard it time and time again. We’re living in a digital age and yet many businesses continue to use an analog process for staff scheduling. This process isn’t just antiquated; it’s also costly, burdensome, and unproductive. There’s a better way.

 

If you’ve hesitated to make the move away from paper and ink toward a digital method of scheduling, let us give you a push. Here are five reasons to move your scheduling to the cloud.

 

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What You Can Learn From These 4 Non-Profit Instagram Accounts

April 18, 2018 | 924 views

What You Can Learn From These 4 Non-Profit Instagram Accounts

What You Can Learn From These 4 Non-Profit Instagram Accounts

As the saying goes, a photo speaks a thousand words. But photos go deeper than that. Perhaps nothing triggers an emotional response to something quite as much as a picture. This concept is especially true in the world of non-profits.

 

When visuals are used to tell a powerful story, everyone wins. Non-profits win because they’re able to tug at the heartstrings of potential donors in a way that can’t be translated or done with words alone. Donors win because they feel good about where they put their money. And of course the people who benefit from each cause win because they’re more likely to get donor money in return.

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