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Re-evaluating the Great Resignation
To understand how resignation trends impacted nonprofits, sector leaders must look below the headline figures to understand employee motivations.
Working Through Grief: How to Build a Supportive Workplace
It can be difficult to know how to support employees who are grieving or experiencing grief as the result of a loved one dying. Done insensitively and without forethought and training, managers and colleagues can come across as uncaring and even complicit in a conspiracy of silence that deprives people of the support that work can offer in times of mourning.
Ask Rita: I’ve Never Fired Anyone Before — and Now I Have To!
In this edition of Blue Avocado’s Ask Rita column, we answer a reader’s question about how to handle termination of employment at their nonprofit properly and with due regard for all concerned.
Using the Sensory Funnel to Improve Nonprofit Efficacy and Productivity
Have you ever been too tired to function or experienced the sensation of being hangry? When our basic needs are unmet, we cannot perform at our best. This is also true of our nonprofits, and without the right tools and understanding, the problem can go undiagnosed and unresolved. Understanding the sensory funnel can help nonprofits better take care of their employees and volunteers.
Ask Rita: What to Do When the FMLA Replacement Is A Better Performer
What happens if an employee who is filling in for another employee out on FMLA turns out to be better in the position? What are our options?
Ten Ways to Improve Equity & Increase the Effectiveness of Your Hiring Process
How resource-strapped nonprofits can set themselves apart from countless other companies trying to hire from the same applicant pool.
The Importance of Self-Care as Self-Defense to Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations are givers: We recruit like-minded staff and volunteers who give and give until they are spent. All too often burnout leads to poor performance and high staff turnover. However, reframing self-care as self-defense can help us to …
Ensuring Dogs and Cats Get Equal Scratch in Decision-making
Are you a dog or a cat person? I don’t mean your preference for a pet. If you show up to a meeting barking and clawing to make your point, you might be a dog person. If you lay back during the decision-making process but circle back to pee on outcomes …
7 Guiding Principles for a JDEI Policy That Isn’t Just Hot Air. Plus, a Free Sample Policy!
For those who have spent the better part of their careers working on equity issues, recent events have been wrenching–and cause for hope: the Black Lives Matter movement is finally entering the mainstream. But just like those obligatory corporate envir …
Ask Rita: How Do I Navigate Requests for Religious Exemptions from a Requirement to Receive the Covid-19 Vaccine?
Dear Rita, With availability of Covid-19 vaccines, we, like many employers, opted to implement a voluntary vaccine policy, along with strong incentives for and encouragement of employees to get vaccinated. Then, the effectiveness of the vaccine became …