Posts Tagged by “new normal”
|October 21, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, Research||
After being greatly impacted by the fiscal crisis and recession of 2008, nonprofits are cautiously but steadily getting back to recruiting and hiring staff according to the summer 2011 report, Bouncing Back? Employment trends in the nonprofit sector from Idealist.org.
Findings from the survey of 3,000 nonprofits nationwide give insight into their current service and human resource concerns from health insurance to future hiring.
Impact of the recession:
- Over 80 percent of nonprofits impacted by the recession described it as a “negative” impact and 31 percent reported having to cut services and staff after losing funding.
- 82 percent of respondents planned to hire 1 to 5 positions during the year, primarily program staff (69 percent), then fundraising (36 percent) and administrative (33 percent) positions.
- When recruiting for positions, 89 percent rank understanding their mission as “very important”, as opposed to intern/volunteer experience with their organization (9 percent) or another organization (15 percent).
Salary and Benefits:
- 34 percent of organizations are not planning salary increases in 2011.
- 62 percent of nonprofits expect health insurance costs to increase, while 36 percent expect them to stay the same.
How is your nonprofit faring in 2011? Do you plan to add staff this year or in early 2012?
|December 3, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management, News||
Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl, authors of the Leadership Playlist blog at The Washington Post online, have been writing a series of posts on generational issues in politics and the workplace. I urge you to head over there and read the last 7 or so posts, that range from recognizing the shortcomings of Baby Boomer leadership styles to the (growing) list of Generation X’s workplace concerns. Of course, Generation Y and Z bring fresh perspectives and energy to the table – but it is a table at which they fully expect to have a seat next to their forbearers.
Management cannot be done well without some level of respect and trust. Perception feeds both – and it can get interesting when 2 or 3 generations fill your staff meeting. Add the harsh reality of the “new normal” with a stagnant economy, anemic job market, funding cuts and social/political divisions and a formerly efficient multigenerational environment may start to simmer.
Have you noticed the generational gaps getting more severe at your workplace? Are the Boomers really staying on longer while the Millennials plot their meteoric rise to management and Gen X gets lost in the middle?
|August 26, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Management, News||
The Philanthropy News Digest Blog Philantopic has an intriguing post up – Emerging Adulthood: Life Stage or Fad? – that examines the issues raised in the recent New York Times article, What Is It About 20-Somethings? by Robin Marantz Henig. According to the post, while the topic of “emerging adulthood” is primarily theoretical at this point, the potential repercussions for the nonprofit sector makes it a highly relevant one.
I agree that this new concept is something that nonprofits should be thinking about. Is Generation Y a segment of the population that will need a particular set of services to assist them through (or after) a difficult transitory period of their lives? These times of transition or transformation are often exciting and challenging – full of both opportunity and uncertainty. But, in a stagnant if not downright dour economy, the opportunities are few and far between, leaving more (and more severe) uncertainty, and less excitement. Is this a potential niche for nonprofits or merely a generation finding it’s way?
|August 23, 2010||Posted by M. P. under Budget, Management, Philanthropy||
The latest report from Guidestar, “The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector,” has created quite a bit of discussion amongst and even calls to action from nonprofit leaders. This is no surprise as some of the data from the June 2010 survey comparing the first half of 2010 with the same time period in 2009 are daunting…
Contributions to the organization:
- 30 percent report an increase in total contributions to their organization
- 28 percent report no change
- 40 percent report a decrease in contributions
Programs and Services:
- 63 percent report an increased need for their services
- 29 percent report no change
- 6 percent report a decrease
For additional data on methods taken to reduce budgets, changes to grant making policies and use of volunteers please read the entire report available for download at the Guidestar website.
Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of Guidestar writes at his blog that these results, coupled with recent economic indicators confirm that the “new normal” is here to stay.