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Not-For-Profit People Conference: full program release

With the 2014 Not-For-Profit People Conference – on November 13 & 14 – just one month away, we’re excited to announce that the full conference program has now been released. We’re incredibly proud of the program this year – we’ve got more than 20 high-calibre speakers from both within and outside the NFP sector, and

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Volunteer, employee or contractor: It’s essential that you know the legal difference

Can you imagine a volunteer launching a $100,000 lawsuit against your organisation for unpaid wages? One Australian organisation faced just that prospect. Can you say with certainty that your organisation’s policies and procedures would protect you from a such a lawsuit from a volunteer or contractor? This week, Liz Morgan, Senior Lawyer and Trainer with

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Do you have a mentally healthy workplace? Here’s how to find out

Did you know that poor mental health costs organisations in Australia close to $11 billion dollars each year in lost productivity? For not-for-profit organisations, having a mentally healthy workplace is about more than dollars and cents, though. It’s about looking after the people who are making a real difference in our communities. At this year’s

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Government backflip on welfare reform: Good news for NFP employers

NFP recruitment managers can breathe a (tentative) sigh of relief this week, after Employment Minister Eric Abetz backflipped on some of the government’s welfare reform proposals that would have potentially crippled recruiting for many NFPs. You may recall that the Abbott government’s proposed changes to the Newstart Allowance would have forced job-seekers to apply for

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One great way to reduce staff absenteeism by up to 80 percent

Encouraging your employees to cycle to work has huge benefits to both employees and organisations. In fact, as well as increasing employee mental and physical health and wellbeing, workplaces that support bike-riding employees can reduce absenteeism by up to 80%! Despite this, two thirds of Australians still rely on cars to travel to work every day. With Ride2Work

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NSW Volunteer Management Award – Nominate your organisation today!

Does your organisation have great volunteers? Chances are, if you have an innovative, successful or just plain amazing group of volunteers in your organisation, you’ve probably also got some excellent volunteer managers. So, if you’re based in New South Wales why not recognise your organisation’s volunteer management achievements by nominating for a NSW Excellence in

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Make-A-Wish Foundation let their staff choose their own job titles. Here’s what happened.

Would your organisation ever consider allowing your staff to choose their own job titles? How about an IT Manager who refers to herself as a “Digital Overlord” or your Director of Marketing becoming the “Director of Fun”? Sounds crazy? Well, that’s exactly what Make-A-Wish Foundation executives in the US decided to do after a trip

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What’s shaping the community sector workforce? Have your say!

If you are a HR manager or senior manager working in the community sector the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) wants to hear from you! Between now and October 16th, the council is asking for input into how policy changes and service demand are impacting your organisation’s workforce. So if you’re: A community

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Five simple ways to conduct a better exit interview

The idea of opening yourself, and your organisation, up to criticism can be a bitter pill to swallow. But, as a human resources professional, whether you’re managing paid employees or volunteers, welcoming criticism can be a great way to improve management and organisational processes, and as a result reduce your staff turnover. One way to

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Avoid employee burnout by teaching your staff to say no

Often people mistakenly think that working in the not-for-profit sector is a great way to get work/life balance. While it’s true that ethical work can be more fulfilling than other sectors, the unique challenges that not-for-profits face can put many staff on a one-way track to burn out!  It doesn’t have to be that way. In this