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Outsourcing Human Resources: Is It the Right Move for Your NonProfit?

When you decide whether you should buy or lease your new car, there isn’t a definitive right or wrong, or good or bad. Rather, there are advantages and disadvantages to either scenario. The most practical way to go about such a decision is to honestly evaluate your needs, operations, and expectations. The same goes for deciding whether outsourcing human resource functions is right for your organization. When you consider all of the responsibilities that human resources perform, it can be a bit overwhelming. The HR department really touches everyone in your organization, from the first hello to the final goodbye. Many Executive Directors think they can handle HR along with their other responsibilities—a huge mistake for organizations dependent on revenue-enhancing opportunities and donor relations. Forbes, in an article penned by Meghan Biro, reported the top 5 reasons for turning HR over to outsourced experts: It frees the organization to concentrate on core competencies. It saves money. It improves compliance. It improves recruitment. It provides access to the latest tools and technology. Why wouldn’t you want to consider outsourcing HR responsibilities? Four reasons frequently rise to the top: privacy leaks, failure to represent an organization’s true culture, dependency/loss of control, and…

You’re the Boss. But are You an Effective Leader?

Nonprofit professionals often ask me about the difference between leadership and management. By mid-career, executives tend to be good managers, but not necessarily good leaders. But to move up the ladder, good leadership skills are mandatory. There are many great leadership models, but one has particularly resonated with me: The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. James Kouzes and Barry Posner have been studying what characteristics make an effective leader for over 30 years. The researchers collected thousands of “Personal Best” stories — the experiences people recalled when asked to think of a peak leadership experience. Despite differences in people’s individual stories, their personal-best leadership experiences revealed similar patterns of behavior. The study found that when leaders are at their personal best, they: Model the Way. Leaders clarify values by finding their voice and affirming shared ideals; they set the example by aligning their actions with shared values. Inspire a Shared Vision. Leaders envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities; they enlist others by appealing to shared aspirations. Challenge the Process. Leaders search for opportunities by seizing the initiative and looking outward for innovative ways to improve; they experiment and take risks by…

Those Awkward Conversations about Salary

There are few conversations in life as awkward as those about money. It’s an instant deep-dive into your most inner self—an awkward flapping of insecurities, culture, gender, and all that is good and not-so-good about oneself. It doesn’t have to be this way. “Our money taboo stems from the British, who, traditionally, deemed it terribly gauche to talk about finances,” says Jodi R. R. Smith, of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, in an article written by Laura Shin for Forbes. You would think that, as a society, we would have moved on from aristocratic concepts of earned and inherited wealth. But how much we make and the ability to negotiate those earnings is akin to being the smallest fish in the shark tank. It takes some skill to survive. So how do you talk about salary and compensation? You prepare. Check salary ranges by job type and region. The 2015—2016 NonProfit Salaries & Staffing Report is a good place to start. The PNP Staffing Group report covers hiring considerations, salaries, trends and considerations that are important for nonprofit employers and employees. “Do your research to understand how in-demand your skills are and what the typical compensation package looks like,” writes Melissa Llarnea…

How to Get the Most Out of Attending Nonprofit Conferences

Attendance at conferences can cost a pretty penny, even if the registration fee is a deal. Consider the hard costs: your registration, housing, travel, and meals. Add in the soft costs around your absence, and, like vacation, you may think twice about being out of the office for an extended time. The payoff is worth it—so much so that several nonprofits bring in temp staffing to cover critical positions while team members are out. So if you are heading out the door, make the very most of your conference time by using these tips. Plan Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” It’s not easy to take time out to plan, but the return on the time investment will pay off in spades. Take a close look at the dates, location, agenda, and speakers before booking your travel. It’s amazing how often attendees miss part of the day due to an unexpectedly long trek to/from the airport. Send out emails to colleagues from other organizations to see if they are going. Even if they aren’t attending, it’s an excellent opportunity for you to reconnect with people you don’t talk to every day. It also creates…

Do Personality Tests Make the Grade?

THIRD SECTOR TODAY by Jennifer Schaupp Most people are natural psychologists, wanting to understand what makes people tick, what motivates people: And nothing is more psychologically intriguing than a space that houses a hierarchy of strangers who have to prove their worth every day and seemingly get along for 40+ hours per week. No, I am not talking about The Bachelor; I am speaking of the workplace. In some ways, nonprofit offices function like families. People squabble and compete, some members pull their weight more than others, loyalties form, disinterest develops, but ultimately they all work together to solve problems and make day-to-day activities run smoothly. Unlike families, however, you get to pick the entire cast of characters. What if there was a surefire way to make sure you selected people from whom you could guarantee long-term success, a personality match, and continued productivity? Many companies use personality tests when hiring candidates, as they are often affordable and simple to administer. In fact, according to The Harvard Business Review, “the use of personality assessments are on the rise, growing as much as 20% annually.” However, a 2010 study revealed that “personality tests used in employee selection account for approximately 5%…

The Changing Face of Temporary Staffing

PART 3 OF A SERIES The American Staffing Association reported in December that 3.32 million temporary employees and contractors found work through an employment agency, an increase of 1.8% from 2014 and the highest third quarter since 2000. “Staffing employment continues to grow as the demand for talent increases, and, with 5.4 million job openings in the U.S., there are lots of opportunities for job seekers looking for flexible or permanent positions,” ASA president and CEO Richard Wahlquist noted last month. Granted, many of the 3.32 million are not serving in the nonprofit sector. However, nonprofit organizations are increasingly utilizing temps to fill not only temporary short-term vacancies, but to fill high demand, short term projects such as fundraising event management, data entry, 990 filings, and more. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, in their article “Temporary Fundraisers Can Ease the Strain of Rampant Turnover” noted that seasoned veterans can keep donors involved and troubleshoot staff problems. The article notes that when Jeffery Mack stepped into his new job as chief development officer at the American Red Cross National Capital Region last year, his path was smoothed by Emma Kieran, who had spent the previous 10 months temporarily filling the job. According…

Stellar Nonprofit Conferences

Every year, dozens of nonprofit conferences are held throughout the country. If you don’t have these conferences on your “must-do” list, you might want to reconsider. Have a favorite nonprofit conference? We want to know! Tag us @PNPStaffing or #PNPStaffing for a RT! Check out our 2 minute read on how to get the most out of attending a nonprofit conference. Fundraising AFP International Fundraising Conference March 18-22, Boston, MA Technology NTEN’s NTC ’16 (Nonprofit Technology Conference) March 23-25, San Jose, CA Social Media Social Media for NonProfits (Various dates/cities throughout the US) Accounting AICPA Not for Profit Industry Conference June 27-19, National Harbor, MD Marketing Bridge Conference July 13-15, National Harbor, MD NonProfit Story Telling Conference November 10-11, Chicago, IL Cause Marketing: Cause Marketing Summit NYC May 24, New York, NY Cause Marketing Forum June 1-2, Chicago, IL Social Movement MCON2016 June 21-23, Washington, DC Looking for something different? Check out these Nonprofit Conference Calendars: 2016 Conferences in the NonProfit World The Ultimate 2016 NonProfit Conference Calendar Whole Whale 65+ Great NonProfit Conferences in2016 Philanthropy News Digest Conference Calendar Best 2015-2016 NonProfit Conferences Calendar

The NonProfit Workplace Is Changing: Four Generations Are Now Sharing the Office

PNP Staffing Group has released its 2015—2016 NonProfit Salaries & Staffing Report and it hits on a hot topic. The nonprofit workplace has dramatically changed over the past few years, and continues to change as four generations meet at the office door each day. Four generations are currently sharing the workplace: Traditionalists (born 1922-45) Baby Boomers (born 1946-64) Generation X (born 1965-80) Millennials, also called Gen Y (born 1981-2000) These four groups of employees differ in their communications, learning, and work styles, largely due to the evolution of technology and generational culture. Much like a multigenerational household, the flow of information at work is a cornerstone to a healthy environment. Nonprofit organizations need to develop a coaching culture where managers and staff willingly transfer knowledge to each other, and as many know, this is often easier said than done. Communicating effectively—and fostering an understanding of different workplace communication styles—is important to keeping employees happy. Traditionalists and Baby Boomers have the experience and historical knowledge that every organization needs. Gen X and Millennials hold a wealth of knowledge about the use of technology and often want “to do things differently”. It is essential that managers understand and respect new and differing…

Building a Talent Pipeline

The nonprofit sector is expanding and nonprofit employment opportunities continue to grow. The 2015–2016 NonProfit Salaries & Staffing Report indicates more than a third of added staff is in the area of program management and program delivery. Second only to fundraising, filling program positions with talented and capable staff is now viewed as the most difficult challenge. Building a talent pipeline can be difficult. Nonprofits tend to wait too long to reach out for help. This can have a devastating effect on operations, especially in smaller nonprofits where two or three people oversee daily operations and a large portion of fundraising efforts. But this is not just a small organization problem. Even the larger nonprofits delay decisions—whether it be letting someone go, bringing new executives onboard, or, building an effective talent pipeline. Inc. writer Lee Colan, author of 5 Steps to Building a Successful Talent Pipeline, says that the strength of your current and future talent is a great predictor of your business’s success. He offers 5 steps to build a talent pipeline: Plan. Start with analyzing the future needs of your organization and conduct a “what if” analysis. Attract. Build a strong brand so that potential candidates want to…

The Changing Face of Temporary Staffing

PART 2 OF A SERIES The hit TV show, Mad Men, aired its final episode on May 17, 2015 after a seven season, 92 episode run. It’s taken a little longer for the proverbial “Kelly Girl” image of temporary staffing to complete its run, but we’re almost there. Today, nonprofit organizations rely on temp or contract workers for just about everything, including event management, donor data, field ops and HR. These individuals are career-driven with high skill sets and are adept at networking. For many nonprofits, it is a great way to test the candidate’s cultural fit before making a position permanent. Kristy Lewis, Temp Services Manager with PNP Staffing Group, says most clients—almost 70%–hope that the temp will ultimately become a permanent employee. Many professional nonprofit temp/contract workers are associated with well-respected nonprofit talent agencies like PNP Staffing Group. PNP offers health insurance benefits for individuals who work a minimum of 35 hours per week and have at least 1,560 staffed hours per year. Paychecks and HR support services are also managed through the agency. On a typical day, 110-115 temps are actively working, with some clients using 4-5 temps at a time. Almost 70% of PNP’s temp staffing…