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teamworkVolunteers may come into your NFP as individuals, but you need them to work together as a group. This doesn’t always happen naturally, but there are things you can do to help bond your people into a devoted team.

Know their reasons for volunteering

Some people like to help out in many places; some will be drawn just to your organisation. Understanding why each individual is there will help you to keep them engaged and inspired, whether they want to learn new skills, fill some free time, or just love to help others.

It will also help you to build an effective team of like-minded people who enjoy each other’s company. Volunteering is often a social activity where people make new friends.

Communicate

This is the easiest and most effective way to keep your team motivated, but it’s easy to overlook. Expectations should be clear and responsibilities of each person should be laid out, providing a path to success. Provide instruction and offer additional training if needed.

Don’t forget to listen as well as talk. Volunteers are the people at the heart of your organisation; ask for feedback and be open to suggestions. Talking to them before hiring an expensive consultant can save your NFP time and money.

Share the vision

Your NFP has a big picture and volunteers work on small goals toward making it happen. Show them how the work their team is doing fits into the overall plan, so they know what they’re working toward.

Instead of taking over, delegate responsibility. For instance, don’t hand down a to-do list. Instead, ask the team to make small and large goals for their project. Give your people more control, and they will be driven to make things happen – plus they’ll keep the pressure on the other members of the team.

Let them know they’re making a difference

When a goal is reached, or progress is made, share that with the team so they can see the results of their hard work. For example after building a school, invite the volunteers to visit and see classrooms full of children.

Show appreciation

It’s simple: say thank you! Say it in person when you see them, say it publicly on social media with photos showing off their hard work. Reward the team by celebrating together when important projects come to an end.

Enthusiasm is contagious, and if you aren’t excited about your NFP, no one else will be either. Have fun and your people will too!

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Those who have always had a perfect relationship with their boss may not know what it is to have problems at work.  The truth is that sometimes you may need to apply all the diplomatic tricks you know in order to get along with your boss.  Here are 5 tips that can help you manage the situation.

Be open to criticism

This is one of the most important tips we can give you.  Bosses are there to manage you and make sure the things are done in the right way.  Moreover, they have usually been where you are and have the skills and knowledge to do the job.  Take criticism from your boss as well as feedback.  Although you may disagree, the outcome may actually surprise you.

Be open with your boss

Keep the deadlines, report any errors or things that went wrong and be open about it.  Sometimes their attitude comes from the feeling that you haven’t told them everything, which is a tough spot for the boss to be in.

Argue, don’t fight

When there is a disagreement between you and your boss, make sure you remain calm and polite.  Explain why you think you are right then listen to his/her arguments and try to view the situation from their perspective.  Remember, you don’t always have to prove that you are right.  Sometimes it is better to keep it to yourself rather than create a “war” over it.

Become closer with your boss

Your boss is human, even if you sometimes doubt it, and you are both working towards the same goal.  Depending on your office culture, why not suggest sharing a coffee and talking things through?  It won’t hurt anybody if you get to know your boss.  After all, friends work better together, exchange ideas and thoughts more freely and deal with problems more easily.

Learn from your boss

There is always more than one way to get things done.  Why not try it his or her way and see what you can learn?  There will be some advantages: you will be on the same page, there will be coordination in your work and you will obtain a lot of know-how the easy way – from someone who has already struggled to work things out on their own.

These tips will help you maintain a positive relationship with your boss and will definitely help your future career.  Do you think you can try them?

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CheerleadersOver at Tips from Tilda Virtual Services Kylie has a great post about being thankful for those who are our cheerleaders in business. I wholeheartedly agree with Kylie. Admin Bandit is fortunate to have a number of cheerleaders who are significant to our success. My husband, writer,  business coach and friends are my greatest cheerleaders. It’s possible I might have given up by now if not for their support and encouragement.

Who are your cheerleaders? Have you hugged them lately?

adminbandit Here’s to volunteer treasurers..

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