High employee turnover can be a problem for any company, but it can be especially problematic for nonprofit organizations. After all, it’s hard to compete with companies that have SO much money - money that’s being put towards salaries, benefits, and other attractive incentives. But that’s not to say it isn’t possible.
So how can your organization create an environment that makes people want to stay? We’ve put together four tips:
1. Create a new hire onboarding program
New hire onboarding is an essential part of the workforce management process. It helps new employees feel at ease and sets them up for success within your organization.
When a new hire joins your team, you should…
- Introduce them to the other staff members of your organization, especially the ones they’ll be working closely with.
- Provide them with an overview of your organization, including its history, mission, and overall structure.
- Supply them with an information packet containing important office know-how, such as phone extensions, employee benefits, and your organization’s holiday schedule.
2. Allow flexibility
As a nonprofit organization, you may not be able to provide a competitive salary. But the truth is, there are many other benefits that can make your staff members feel valued and happy, one of which is flexibility.
You can provide your staff members with flexibility by…
- Allowing them to work remotely on certain days of the week.
- Allowing them to leave early or come in late, as needed.
- Offering shorter work days or half days in the summer.
3. Provide opportunities for development and growth
To keep your best talent, you have to keep them engaged and interested. One of the best ways to do this is by providing them with various learning opportunities.
This could include…
- Time to attend a free or inexpensive networking event.
- Time to attend a webinar or other online training.
- Funds to attend an industry-related conference.
4. Reward hard work
Everyone likes to feel appreciated and know their contributions matter. That’s what pushes us to work harder.
Now not to worry, not all rewards have to cost big money. In fact, even on a small budget, you can…
- Take your employees out to lunch.
- Acknowledge hard work in front of the rest of your team.
- Start each meeting with some reflection on great work.
Remember, keeping your talented team members is about more than just paying them a competitive salary (though that definitely helps). It’s about showing them appreciation and providing them with the tools they need to be satisfied in their positions.
What policies does your organization have in place to help reduce nonprofit turnover? Let us know in the comments below!