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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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Motivating employees is not about carrots or sticks

June 28, 2017

Motivating employees is not about carrots or sticks - Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage them accordingly.



Motivating employees is not about carrots or sticks

June 28, 2017

Motivating employees is not about carrots or sticks - Motivating employees seems like it should be easy. And it is — in theory. But while the concept of motivation may be straightforward, motivating employees in real-life situations is far more challenging. As leaders, we’re asked to understand what motivates each individual on our team and manage them accordingly.



The one conversation that can instantly improve your career

June 27, 2017

The one conversation that can instantly improve your career - Do you generally prefer emailing, texting or talking on the phone? Do you love it when people write their whole message in the email subject line or does it make you cringe? How do you feel about voicemail? Emoticons? Infographics? What these types of questions reveal is commonly known as your “communication style,” that is, your preferences about how people ideally should communicate with you.



Five team-building rituals to start today

June 22, 2017

Five team-building rituals to start today - We all know that strong, cohesive teams are more effective teams. But work days are busy, and even though we know it’s important, it can be hard to dedicate time to team-building activities. This is where small rituals can have a big impact, and act as a kind of social glue to strengthen teams. Introducing the right kind of workplace rituals can boost engagement by providing a common set of shared experiences for employees to connect over.



Want your best employees to never leave you? Ask them 5 simple questions

June 20, 2017

Want your best employees to never leave you? Ask them 5 simple questions - Want to do something that will launch you into the new era of HR? Get rid of your exit interviews and replace them with "stay interviews." If you're new to this concept, unlike the exit interview, managers are using stay interviews to get fresh insight into improving the work environment or their own leadership skills to retain those valued employees today--not after they have emotionally disconnected and stopped caring.



Eleven brilliant conversation starters to use in a job interview

June 20, 2017

Eleven brilliant conversation starters to use in a job interview - You may think of the small talk before a job interview as idle chitchat at best. Perhaps you even find the whole experience excruciating. But research suggests that building rapport with your interviewers before getting into the nitty gritty details can give you an edge over other candidates.



How much is nonprofit workplace stress self-inflicted?

June 20, 2017

How much is nonprofit workplace stress self-inflicted? - Last week I facilitated a workshop in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace. I had participants use an online polling app to type in their answers and it generates a word cloud. The word “Perfectionism” was the most frequent response. It made me wonder how much workplace stress is self-inflicted.



Four simple ways to end each workday happy

June 14, 2017

Four simple ways to end each workday happy - At happy hour with a friend, you innocently start whining about the annoying comment your co-worker made earlier. Hours later, you both realize that the only thing you’ve spoken about the entire night is what you hate about your jobs. Whoops.



24 things I wish I knew before entering the nonprofit world

June 14, 2017

24 things I wish I knew before entering the nonprofit world - Shawna Johnson* had no idea what she was getting into when she landed her first nonprofit role as an “Administrative Coordinator" at a homeless outreach program in Washington, D.C. The title “Administrative Coordinator” turned out to be a huge understatement. The actual role entailed many surprise responsibilities, and Shawna was left scrambling to figure things out as she went.



I lived for my to-do list, but here's why I ditched it

June 13, 2017

I lived for my to-do list, but here's why I ditched it - Is there anything more satisfying than checking things off of a to-do list? I didn’t used to think so. But I recently decided to kill my to-do list obsession — and here’s why you might want to ditch yours, too.



Eight productivity practices you might want to try

June 13, 2017

Eight productivity practices you might want to try - It’s tough to implement methods that keep your nonprofit marketing organized and on track when you can’t effectively manage your own time, attention and energy. Here are 8 productivity practices that have worked for me in some way or another at various times in my career and that I know have worked for other communications directors.



‘Tell them Chrissy sent you’ resonates in shelters across Canada

June 7, 2017

‘Tell them Chrissy sent you’ resonates in shelters across Canada - On any given day, about 200 people will walk through the front doors of Calgary’s Alpha House in search of a hot meal, help kicking a drug addiction or perhaps just a little shelter. Over the course of a year, thousands of those welcomed inside will be repeat guests. And for years, Christine Archibald — one of seven killed in London’s terrorist attack — welcomed anyone who arrived in search of some help with open arms.



Becoming a 21st century nonprofit

June 6, 2017

Becoming a 21st century nonprofit - In the 21st century, nonprofits are under increased scrutiny and competition. It might feel like you are facing off against other charitable organizations – for funding, for volunteers, and even for clients who utilize similar programs and services. So what can you do to make your nonprofit stand out? How can your organization be successful in the 21st century?



Seven tips to help fundraisers manage their time

June 5, 2017

Seven tips to help fundraisers manage their time - You have to be online! You have to send more mail! Treat every donor like a major donor! Your Board wants another golf classic! People are phoning for fundraising packs and you don’t have time to train in the volunteers! Plan Christmas! Plan your summer! Aggggghhhhhh!!! OK...relax...breathe...We can do this.



How any business can improve employee mental health

June 5, 2017

How any business can improve employee mental health - Can a business of any size, in any sector, leverage the National Standard of Canada of Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) to protect and promote employee mental health?



Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage

May 31, 2017

Ontario becomes 2nd province to go ahead with $15 an hour minimum wage - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a plan to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019. The increase would be phased in over the next 18 months, rising to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018, and then to $15 the following January. After that, it will rise annually with inflation.



Four signs you are a burned out nonprofit fundraiser

May 30, 2017

Four signs you are a burned out nonprofit fundraiser - You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home. It’s totally normal to feel super exhausted after a particularly rough day — but if every day is starting to feel rough, you might be close to burning out.



Six tips for HR pros to recognize and combat workplace doldrums

May 30, 2017

Six tips for HR pros to recognize and combat workplace doldrums - Feeling stuck in a career can hit to anyone at any point. Workplace doldrums lead to less productivity, boredom, and staff becoming disengaged. Having purpose is what motivates employee satisfaction and drives an effective workforce. Here are six tips from industry pros on how to encourage employees to rise out of workplace doldrums



Successful volunteer teams have these four types of people

May 30, 2017

Successful volunteer teams have these four types of people - When Jamal was in college, he and 15 other students volunteered to help build a house for a low-income family. About an hour into painting trim, Jamal made so many mistakes, he wondered how he’d ever finish the job. It was then he noticed another student struggling to lay new sod on the lawn.



Eleven things to do the night before an interview (if you want to land the job)

May 24, 2017

Eleven things to do the night before an interview (if you want to land the job) - The night before an interview can be a stressful time—usually one filled with “what if’s?” What if I don’t know the answer to a question? What if I trip and fall on my way into the office? What if I sleep through my alarm and miss the entire thing and never get a job ever again?



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