Hot off the Web

We're always on the lookout for great ideas, information and inspiration to share with you. Updated constantly by our editorial coordinator, Marina Dawson, Hot off the Web features links to great content, stories, blog posts and articles that we've come across online. 

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Mental wellness at the workplace: It goes beyond the occasional day-off

April 24, 2019

Mental wellness at the workplace: It goes beyond the occasional day-off - “Take a mental health day.” That phrase has become a catch-all solution for young workers facing burnout, and while we should appreciate organisations that encourage time off, long-term wellness is about a lot more than the occasional 24-hour break. What we need, is comprehensive mental health change.

Make the most of your week

April 24, 2019

Make the most of your week - Falling into a weekday routine of Netflix and sleep is a lot easier than you think, especially when you plan all your fun outings on the weekend. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that, but maintaining a healthy work-life balance can do you a lot of good. To help break you out of the ‘working for the weekend’ mentality, we’ve put together a few simple tips to you can use to make the most of your week.

'Future-fit' philanthropy: Why philanthropic organizations will need foresight to leave a lasting legacy of change

April 24, 2019

'Future-fit' philanthropy: Why philanthropic organizations will need foresight to leave a lasting legacy of change - To be considered transformational, any philanthropic organization should aim for lasting impacts that go beyond their immediate beneficiaries. Yet, in the face of what the UK's Ministry of Defense recently characterized as "unprecedented acceleration in the speed of change, driving ever more complex interactions between [diverse] trends," the longer-term future of philanthropy, and the success of individual programs, are at risk as never before.

Fourteen communications volunteer role descriptions

April 24, 2019

Fourteen communications volunteer role descriptions [templates] - Are you thinking about working with communications volunteers? Do you have people in your network with specific communications skills to offer? A few years ago, I urged readers of this blog to think beyond the “communications committee”.

Marijuana and the workplace: The main misconceptions laid bare

April 16, 2019

Marijuana and the workplace: The main misconceptions laid bare - The past couple of years have been ones of monumental change in the Canadian employment landscape. From minimum wage hikes to legislative changes – new rules have shaped our workplaces. And none more so than the legalization of marijuana. There’s been a plethora of talk on the issue, it seems as if many HR leaders are still in the dark about how cannabis could impact their companies.

How to redefine "innovation" and transform your charity's work

April 15, 2019

How to redefine "innovation" and transform your charity's work - For better or worse, the nonprofit sector has become obsessed with the concept of innovation. My inbox these days is filled with announcements about new social innovation funds, design thinking workshops, and the latest tech promising to make the world a better place.

How to build a volunteer FAQ

April 15, 2019

How to build a volunteer FAQ - When someone comes to your website interested to volunteer, they want to learn as much as they can about your organization and explore roles available before clicking that ‘apply’ button. A simple way to ease potential volunteers into the process is by posting a FAQ page online. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a fantastic way to house specific information about your volunteer program and give people an inkling for what they can expect when signing up.

How to get your creative groove on as a leader

April 15, 2019

How to get your creative groove on as a leader - I used to walk my dog with serious intent. It was a chore that needed to get done before I could get to the ‘real’ work of my to do list. I would take him around the neighbourhood, feeling impatient when he stopped and sniffed anything, always moving fast so we could get done and get on with my work. I felt like walking my dog was taking up crucial time that could be better spent elsewhere.

Why you should find the positive people at work

April 10, 2019

Why you should find the positive people at work - Think of two people you regularly interact with at work. Now take a moment to think about the kinds of emotions you typically experience when you are interacting with them. Using the three categories: positive, neutral (neither positive nor negative) and negative, pick which category best represents the kinds of emotions you experience when interacting with each of these two people.

How to handle a toxic employee

April 10, 2019

How to handle a toxic employee - Managers need to address toxic employees immediately or risk impacting their teams, their culture, and individual leaders’ reputations, according to Alex Hattingh chief people officer at Employment Hero. Hattingh told HRD that it’s important to take an individual aside as soon as you observe toxic behaviour, or you have been told by others about it.

How we engage volunteers

April 9, 2019

How we engage volunteers - At Vantage Point we are advocates of skilled volunteering – which we call knowledge philanthropy. In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, we wanted to revisit what this concept means to us as an organization. Knowledge philanthropy is the intentional practice of engaging someone’s experience, skills or talent to create a better world – and it’s an incredible way to expand the capacity of not-for-profit work.

Millennials are on a quest to find meaningful work — and they're willing to take less pay to get it

April 9, 2019

Millennials are on a quest to find meaningful work — and they're willing to take less pay to get it - Millennial workers want their jobs to hold meaning, and nearly half of them would trade a lucrative raise for a position where they could make a greater impact, new research has found. An online survey of more than 1,500 Canadian office workers found that 47 per cent of millennial respondents would give up a pay raise for more meaningful work. Of those who'd forgo the raise, the average amount they'd give up was $9,639.

The mental health benefits of saying thank you

April 3, 2019

The mental health benefits of saying thank you - You’re rushing to a catch a subway – intense and focused on catching your train. An observer might think that you were a roller derby star in a past life, as you have no problem pushing your way to a place in line. Not that you’re overly aggressive, just assertive so that when the doors open you’re positioned to get on board fast, because by the time the subway gets to your stop it’s usually full and one must move quickly to get on.

Leadership conversations: Build trust or break it?

April 3, 2019

Leadership conversations: Build trust or break it? - Ahh, that trust thing – when you have it, everything is good. Without it, so much can go wrong. It takes time to build up trust and yet only a fraction of a second to break it. Every leader will face challenging situations. Navigating change; coping with surprises and/or breakdowns in communications; stakeholder(s) feeling marginalized and/or disrespected – these can all test one’s leadership.

Finally the conversation has begun

April 3, 2019

Finally the conversation has begun - My #METOO happened when I was 19. I was a university student working as a program coordinator and my job was to ensure that the 25 high school science teachers from across Canada had a wonderful time and excellent customer service while they were attending a two-week summer program at the university. He arrived early, having ridden his gold wing motorcycle across the country.

Addressing donor misconduct: Advice to boards and leaders

April 3, 2019

Addressing donor misconduct: Advice to boards and leaders - Last week, the New York Times reported on an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse by Michael Steinhardt, a wealthy and powerful donor to many Jewish organizations. Fundraisers from several nonprofit organizations came forward as a part of the story, sharing their experiences of painfully consistent and inappropriate advances from Steinhardt over a period of many years.

Thirty-six free nonprofit webinars for April 2019

March 27, 2019

Thirty-six free nonprofit webinars for April 2019 - Spring is here! Start it the right way by learning something new from our list of free nonprofit webinars the internet has to offer. Topics this month include how to build relationships using content, legal advice for nonprofit websites, convincing your board to fundraise, Google Ad grant help, and more!

The Regina Cross Cultural Sharing Circle: A modest model for learning and development in diversity and inclusion

March 26, 2019

The Regina Cross Cultural Sharing Circle: A modest model for learning and development in diversity and inclusion - I have been fortunate to join professional and social or recreational groups as a way to balance education or work with the other important aspects of life, improve the quality of my life, and serve the community I live in. I have volunteered and also held leadership positions in these groups. It dawned on me one day, though, that I should form my own group and reach out to those who were like-minded in their interest in engaging more closely with diversity by learning about people and their cultures.

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