July 16, 2013
Whether its the summer, fall, winter or spring, nonprofits often have periods that are more busy than others, and when the pace gets faster, board members and top decision-makers may want to bring in some extra help. Hiring seasonal employees isn't as easy as it may seem; organizations still need to identify staff members who will work hard and try their best to carry out the goals of the nonprofit. Here are some tips leaders can use to ensure the are adding the right temporary workers to their team.
Use the nonprofits reputation as an advantage
Many people want to make a difference in the world, and working at a nonprofit could be their way of doing just that. Steve Kane, owner of HR consulting firm Kane Partners, told Fox Business that an organization's reputation may be what incentivizes seasonal employees to apply to join the team. Nonprofits must be sure their initiatives to help people are well-known and their site has a lot of good information to encourage strong candidates to want to work with them.
"You need a positive reputation, so that potential employees themselves know that if they went to work for you, they would have a great experience, and they would be lucky to get that opportunity," Kane told the news source.
Look for someone with a positive attitude
Nonprofits often need people who can help out in all sections of the organization or professionals with a strong work ethic to bring in more donations. Nonetheless, seasonal employees should be people who are happy to come to work every day and contribute to the overall morale of the organization. According to Monster, sometimes aptitude isn't as important as a candidate's personality if the nonprofit is adding people who can be positive influences on other team members. Finding a group of employees that work will could well together could provide a big lift during busy season.
Ask decision-makers to be mentors
Seasonal staff often don't have a lot of time to get acclimated to their work environment, which is why leaders at an organization have to be able to quickly show them the ropes and how processes get done, said Fox Business. If top decision-makers and board members serve as mentors, short-term employees can become an asset right away.
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