10 Tips for Nonprofit Managers Working with Newly Remote Teams

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COVID-19 has reshaped nonprofits nationwide, particularly in staff management. The New Normal: Nonprofit Staffing During the Pandemic reported that in July 2020, most nonprofit organizations had at least 75% of staff working from home, and 61% reported in September that 100% of their staff were working remotely. Driven by urgency and necessity, nonprofit organizations have explored and implemented staffing strategies for survival, recovery, renewal, and growth. Most nonprofits are moving forward with determination to deliver their mission and services by working in new ways. This includes navigating a remote work environment. Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations Managing a Remote Workforce  1. Develop a remote work policy  An efficient remote work policy clearly defines what your virtual workforce needs to do and what you expect from them while working in a remote or hybrid environment.  A solid policy encourages accountability from employees as it lays out work guidelines and includes instructions regarding accessing an organization’s data. 2. Prioritize communication  Set clear expectations to ensure that tasks/projects are accomplished and goals are met. If scheduled team meetings and one-on-one appointments are typically done face-to-face, keep to the schedule when you shift to virtual meetings.  If team meetings are not a regular part...
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COVID-19 Back-to-Work Checklist for Nonprofits

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Returning employees to the workplace during and after the COVID-19 pandemic will not be as simple as announcing a reopening or return-to-the-workplace date, and carrying on business as usual. Not only will many nonprofit workplaces be altered initially, some changes may be long term, even beyond the imagined “finish line” of a widely available vaccine or treatment. The details of each nonprofit employer’s plan to return will look different, but there are 10 key issues most will need to understand and starting preparing for now. 1. Workplace Safety Employers must ensure their workplaces are as safe as they can be. Employees and customers alike may have fears of returning to business as usual; preparing for and communicating how safety is a top priority will allay fears and increase brand loyalty. Safety measures might include: Implementing employee health screening procedures. Developing an exposure-response plan conducive with CDC guidelines, including: Isolation, containment, and contact tracking procedures. Stay-at-home requirements. Exposure communications to affected staff. Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as: Masks, gloves, face shield, etc. Personal hand sanitizer. Detailing cleaning procedure and procuring ongoing supplies. Establishing physical distancing measures within the workplace: Staggered shifts and lunch/rest breaks. Rotating weeks in the office...
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The New Normal: Nonprofit Staffing During the Pandemic

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COVID-19 is reshaping nonprofits nationwide, particularly in staff management. Driven by urgency and necessity, organization are exploring and implementing staffing strategies for survival, recovery, renewal, and growth. To examine how nonprofits are dealing with staffing issues as they head into late 2020, PNP Staffing Group conducted a survey of a wide range of organizations to ask about action steps nonprofits are taking at this time. Because the good work of nonprofits is performed by people, PNP’s focus in the survey was on staff changes and challenges brought about by the pandemic. The survey reflects the ways in which organizations are acting on new and innovative uses of technology, developing different kinds of training programs for staff, and creatively re-writing policies, practices and procedures for talent management. Nonprofits are clearly not expecting an eventual return to the way things were. New ways of working, necessitated by the effects of COVID-19, are being put in place and will continue to evolve as organizations rebuild. For mission-driven organizations, the pandemic has caused, and is continuing to drive, significantly different approaches to staff management. The challenges for nonprofit organizations, going forward, center on how best to do their vital work, differently. Download the executive...
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8 Tips for Working from Home or Remotely

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Whether you’re a gig worker or a digital nomad, a full-time employee with remote status or an onsite employee suddenly asked to work from home, here are eight tricks to getting the work done well, keeping pace with your colleagues and peers, and taking care of yourself in the process. Here are the 8 tricks you need to be an excellent remote worker: Dress the part. It can be tempting when you’re working from home to stay in your sweats all day, but it’s worth taking the time to feel polished. Put on a crisp shirt and slip on some dress shoes. Not only do you feel like you’ve made that essential shift from relaxing-at-home to kicking-ass-at-home, you’re always ready to jump on a last-minute video call with a colleague or client. Invest in an ergo setup. Once in a while, it’s a nice change of pace to work at the kitchen counter or from the couch (just like once in a while you can justify staying in your jammies). But if you’re working at home regularly, it’s important to make sure your workstation is on point. That means using an external monitor in addition to your laptop, making sure it’s at...
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Recommended Strategies for Employers to Plan and Respond to Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Gayle Brandel
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies. Talk with companies that provide your business with contract or temporary employees about the importance of sick employees staying home. Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way. Employers should maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member. Employers should be aware that more employees may need to stay at home to care...
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