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Returning from a leave of absence: Four stories

Written By: Susan Fish
November 17, 2011

Returning to work after a leave can be a daunting process. CharityVillage® spoke to four people who have been through it to find out what they learned and what advice they'd offer to people who are getting back to ‘the grind' after a leave of absence.

Human Resources Q&A: Providing references

Written By: Kathline Holmes
November 14, 2011

Many organizations are understandably nervous about providing references for staff - especially if they have something negative to say. Find out how to properly handle references in this article.

How to design and evaluate your mentoring program

Written By: Trina Isakson
October 17, 2011

Good mentorship program design and matching is crucial to the effectiveness of mentorship relationships. Not only does good design lead to good outcomes, bad design can lead to worse outcomes than not having a mentorship program at all.

Is your organization ready for a mentorship program?

Written By: Trina Isakson
October 11, 2011

This is the second in a hands-on, three part series on mentoring programs. The first article provided an overview of mentorship programs and their benefits, along with activities to help you start thinking about your own program.

Human Resources Q&A: Workplace wellness and emotional intelligence

Written By: Kathline Holmes
October 11, 2011

HR Q&A: Workplace wellness and emotional intelligence.

Developing a mentoring program at your nonprofit

Written By: Trina Isakson
October 3, 2011

Is your organization interested in starting a mentorship program? This first article in a three-part series addresses how mentorship programs benefit organizations and their employees.

Human Resources Q&A: An inappropriate Facebook post

Written By: Kathline Holmes
September 12, 2011

I was recently surfing Facebook and saw that a former staff's page not only implied they still worked at this organization, but wildly inflated their job title. What can the organization do?

It's a juggling act: Nonprofit staff and their multiple roles

Written By: Sondi Bruner
August 22, 2011

"I'm a marketer. And a fundraiser. And a volunteer coordinator. And a case manager. And..." Margot Cudmore is certainly a busy woman. As the events manager for Knights of Columbus in Oakville, Ontario, Cudmore is in charge of sales, marketing, promotions, planning, volunteer coordination, health and safety, procuring liquor licenses, inventory and client management. This laundry list of responsibilities is enough to induce panic in the calmest of employees, but Cudmore takes it all in stride.

Creating your five-year career plan

Written By: Susan Fish
August 18, 2011

Career goals change at different phases of life but regardless of where you are in your career journey, many experts recommend developing a five-year career plan: this offers enough time to meet significant objectives without it becoming too overwhelming or impossible to project.

Human Resources Q&A: Making performance management easy

Written By: Kathline Holmes
August 8, 2011

Most managers don't enjoy giving performance reviews, but it's an essential part of their job. Learn how to make the process smooth and easy.

Human Resources Q&A: Manager lacks leadership skills

Written By: Kathline Holmes
July 11, 2011

What do you do when your manager doesn't know how to effectively lead?

Five ways to improve internal communications at your nonprofit

Written By: Sondi Bruner
July 4, 2011

Nonprofit organizations spend a lot of time and energy communicating with external audiences, which include donors, volunteers, board members, reporters, politicians and policymakers. But are you neglecting to communicate with one of the most crucial target audiences of all — your own staff?

Management recruitment pointers

Written By: Jack Shand
July 4, 2011

Do you want to attract and recruit top-notch managers? Follow these tips for a successful hire.

Ten tips to build a quality culture at your nonprofit

Written By: Don Knapp
June 21, 2011

This article provides tips for developing a positive and productive culture at your nonprofit.

Avoiding culture shock for your new staff

Written By: Susan Fish
June 21, 2011

Bringing new people into your organization can result in culture shock. Here's how to deal with it.

Keep your eyes on donor engagement but don't forget employee engagement

Written By: Carla Moore
June 14, 2011

This article outlines how important nonprofit employee engagement can be for the bottom line.

Human Resources Q&A: Countering workplace conflict

Written By: Kathline Holmes
June 14, 2011

Sometimes everyone just can't get along. Follow these tips to deal with workplace conflict.

The telecommute

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
May 31, 2011

Ever since the advent of the Internet and email, a slow but steady progression of working away from the traditional workplace office has taken place. And what once looked like a revolutionary trend 10 years ago, now seems to many simply to be part of societal evolution due to technological advances. But the questions remain: are nonprofit organizations making use of technology to their full advantage? Are more of them allowing people to work from home? And if so, has it been for the better?

Human Resources Q&A: A micro-managing employee

Written By: Kathline Holmes
May 10, 2011

Advice on how to deal with a micro-managing employee.

New beginnings: When to quit your job

Written By: Jack Shand
May 3, 2011

Here is a suggested list of factors that may point to the need to get on with that next chapter in your professional career.

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