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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Can You Avoid Nonprofit Burnout?

Sometimes there’s a story we tell collectively. When nonprofit colleagues were asked for their candid suggestions on how to avoid burnout, they got right to the core. Having worked in the trenches in some way with each of these pros reconfirmed for me that there’s nothing like the camaraderie and resourcefulness of those who work in this sector. We can’t do it alone, but we can certainly get through the demands and unexpected challenges of this work with dignity, recognition, and zeal. 10 Tricks to Avoid Burnout: Stay on mission. Remind yourself of the organization’s purpose and keep your eye on the prize. A long-time development colleague shares that her team shares “mission moments” at each monthly staff meetings. “With all the complaints, hustle and bustle of the day-to-day work,” she says, “it brings us back around to ‘why we do what we do’. You remember the reason you are here and picked this job.” Protect your private time. It’s inherent–you will work seven days a week sometimes. “You have to be realistic about what kind of work load you can handle, and actually make sure you take time off, away from the job, to focus on friends and family,”...
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Top Hiring Strategies in a Competitive Market

Gayle Brandel
Today’s hiring market is more competitive than ever. Unemployment rates are the lowest they’ve been in 17 years – great for the economy but a challenge for associations that need to hire staff to help recruit and retain members. A recent survey of more than 1,500 associations by PNP Staffing Group shows that most associations plan on growing staff this year. Gayle A. Brandel, founder and CEO of PNP Staffing Group, says the findings show a demand for skilled people in such critical areas as membership development, program administration, marketing and communication clearly exceeds the supply. She adds that as baby boomers retire, an increasingly competitive market will make hiring replacements a challenge. In fact, 50% of those surveyed said they lost a desired candidate in 2018 because the salary offer was too low. But Brandel says there are things an association can (and also should not) do to stay competitive: Good Hiring Practices Offer a competitive salary and benefits compensation package. Learn how to tell your employer brand story and why your company is a good environment in which to work. Fill vacancies quickly; don’t let the hiring process drag on. Hire to complement your team, not just the...
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6 Steps to Build a Strong Team

Gayle Brandel
Using words like “power” or “success” to describe a company can sometimes make it easy to imagine a cutthroat environment. However, a competitive workplace shouldn’t run on employees’ fear or feel like a real-life Hunger Games. A powerful and successful company operates best and with the most longevity when employees work with a team mentality, each filling a needed role and fulfilling long-term goals. Here’s what you can do to make sure your team is as strong as it can possibly be for your company. 1. Focus on roles. A thorough selection process for picking your team members has greater long-term benefits, even if this means you spend more time recruiting than you’d like to. Hiring someone just to have bodies in the room can harm your team. Companies that do this wind up becoming a revolving door, whether it’s because prospective employees see the role as a temporary landing pad and are less interested in learning, or because you decide later on that they aren’t the right fit. This winds up costing you more money in the long run. Investing your time and money in people who truly specialize in the role your company needs will have immense payoffs later....
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