By Alexis De Sela
As your organization’s leader, it’s incumbent on you to select the most qualified staff with the right fit based on your organization’s needs and culture to build your nonprofit “dream team.” Consider these steps as you undertake your next search.
What do employees value?
In any successful workplace, the positive interaction between employees and their leader is essential. We’ve learned that in their relationship with supervisors, most employees value:
At the crux of this relationship, open and honest message is the key. Helping employees thrive in your nonprofit workplace through your clear, unambiguous messaging is an important launch pad to success.
In addition, our experience in both the nonprofit and for profit world has shown that in their daily work, the majority of employees value:
It begins with recruitment
As with any successful undertaking, hiring your very best team starts before you talk to anyone. First you need to understand your organization’s unique culture and examine it honestly. In other words, before you can fill any empty “seats on the bus” you must consider your nonprofit’s strategic needs and then work diligently to identify applicants with skills to address those specific needs.
As you begin to interview candidates for your open position, consider these important points:
Once you’ve found your dreaml candidate, it’s important to make the offer in writing. The offer letter should be clear and include salary and benefits information (vacation, sick leave, computer use, etc.) A clear, unambiguous offer letter is an important first step in communicating your expectations and your goals for the successful candidate.
Now that your dream candidate is now an employee, your work as his/her boss is not over. We have found that too many bosses fail their employees by not continuing to demonstrate that employee success is essential. These important steps will help ensure that your great new employee gets off to a great start and remains at your workplace as long as you both remain satisfied.
We all understand that not everyone will stay with your organization forever, so how can you foster mutual growth while your “dream team” employees are with you? Here are some strategies to making that happen:
Recruiting, hiring, onboarding and ongoing employee engagement is a challenging assignment for employers, whether you’re an experienced Executive Director or a brand new CEO. But, with careful consideration of the issues we’ve outlined, you’re on the way to building a nonprofit team of your dreams.