Utilizing employee engagement to reduce turnover

February 10, 2014

Utilizing employee engagement to reduce turnover

For many passionate employees, the transition out of the corporate world and into the nonprofit sector provides an avenue to a more meaningful career. For nonprofits to find the right candidate, it is important to highlight the non-financial perks of working for the organization.

Understanding why individuals choose the nonprofit sector
Workers realize that many of their corporate skills are very applicable at a nonprofit organization and they see transition as an opportunity to put their talents to use for a grander cause. The same as with fundraising efforts, it's important that organizations highlight the impact their mission has on the surrounding community. While discussions of advancement and competitive pay may arise, prospective employees are often looking for more than a job opportunity when they interview with a nonprofit.

Employees often find greater job satisfaction with a nonprofit. When they are able to perform their work with a mission in mind they feel more engaged in the company. Improving employee engagement is a growing trend among all employers, and nonprofits have a unique ability to motivate employees through the nature of the work they perform each day.

Working to improve employee retention
It's integral for nonprofits to attract talent that are motivated by the organization's mission. Because pay will not always be competitive and nonprofit jobs come with stress, it requires a certain candidate to be successful in the organization. Turnover is expensive, so finding the best fit the first time can save money down the road. According to "Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey," a study by Nonprofit HR Solutions, staff retention remains a challenge for for nonprofit organizations.

The 2013 study found only 10 percent of surveyed organizations have a formal retention strategy in place. Successful retention requires reviews that gauge the happiness of employees and utilize feedback to create an environment that fosters long-term employment. Engagement has many aspects and organizations can begin with simple tactics such as more social events.

However, utilizing the benefits beyond just a paycheck will remain a key technique. More than 32 percent of nonprofits said that competitive pay was the biggest challenge to employee retention. For cash-strapped nonprofits, increasing salaries can be out of reach. Other solutions to make the work enjoyable and less stressful are necessary. Ensure that employees have the proper resources to complete their tasks and encourage them to be open with management when they feel overwhelmed.

Content presented by First Nonprofit Companies, the leading provider of state unemployment insurance solutions for 501(c)(3) nonprofit employers.

single-post10469

Ready to chat?
Get in touch today to request a no-obligation savings evaluation.

Testimonials

Working with Marshal Whittey at First Nonprofit has been a great experience. He handles our request as a priority and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues we have in a timely manner. Marshall follows through to the end and ensures our needs are met. He has been a great resource for LSC and our “go to” for any tax questions we may have. With LSC transitioning several facilities into one federal tax identification number, First Nonprofit was able to assist and provide guidance with best practices resolving claims to each entity. Additionally First Nonprofit provided knowledge (information materials) and one on one training to HRS group with best practices to handle claims state adjudicated, fraudulent claims, and appeals. And processing information in the First Nonprofit [unemployment claims] system allows for timely information can be collected.

Lutheran Services Carolinas, Salisbury, NC

My experience with FNP has been wonderful. Unemployment in general is quite confusing and FNP has simplified the process for us. Everyone we have reached out to or worked with has been very helpful and follows up to be sure we understand the information. I am so happy we made the switch to FNP!

Stone Valley Community Charter School, Huntingdon, PA

First Nonprofit smoothed the unemployment perils for our organization during Covid. Without the ability to cap our UI exposure, we would not have been able to weather the storm. The program worked perfectly and we have come out of the pandemic ready to forge on. Thanks FNP!

Jewish Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA

My experience with the FNP has been fantastic. The idea of setting funds aside for the unemployment tax liability is a bedrock for nonprofit organizations like mine, namely ASHBA; what is even more advantageous is having the FNP as a custodian of those funds. 100% recommended!

American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association, Inc., Lexington, KY

I would like to comment on my experience with FNP….to date our District has saved $1,000’s of dollars by being enrolled in the First Nonprofit program. My only regret is that we did not know about this method of paying unemployment tax years ago….as I had figured about five years

ago, had we enrolled 15-20 years ago, we could have saved our small school district upwards of $500,000 in payments to IDES. Also we would have had a pretty hefty sum of money in our Reserve Account. Thankfully I attended a workshop hosted by First Nonprofit back in 2015 which got the ball rolling!

Beardstown Community Unit School District 15, Beardstown, IL

I have worked with the First Non-Profit Team for many years, and I appreciate the quick response and care that Cecilia and the team provides anytime I have questions. While there are other providers that may provide like services, First Nonprofit will always be my first choice! I appreciate you!

Innovative Services, Inc., Green Bay, WI

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ