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“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ---General George S. Patton.

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1 “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ---General George S. Patton Getting the Most out of "Unpaid" Staff, Boards and Committees Access this presentation and other workshop extras at my blog: Text Jodi at 760-809-3231 Access this presentation and other workshop extras at my blog: Text Jodi at 760-809-3231 A workshop presented by Jodi Rudick, ADvisors Marketing Group

2 Volunteer “Positions” How are YOU using volunteers in your organization? What types of people are currently “volunteering” for you? What types of “positions” could volunteers fill for you organization?

3 Why is it so important to recruit great volunteers and seasonal staff? After all, they’re only with you for a short time in some cases! (Temporary staff, parent volunteer, instructors, coaches, board/committee members, concessionaire…) But your customers don’t know that. Every customer encounter counts!

4 Why else is it so important to recruit great volunteers/staff? Each time a customer comes in contact with any staff member – temporary or seasonal—paid or unpaid – they make judgments and they make choices Do I feel good about having my child take part in this program? Is this I place where my child would have fun? Is this a place where I could have fun. The staff are rude – will I be treated rude? The staff are great – I bet I’ll have a great time!

5 The Cost to Court a Volunteer or Customer Hook ‘em Reel ‘em in Keep ‘em coming back for more Advertising P.R. Promotion Sales Front-line contact Customer Service Product Quality Customer

6 Volunteers and Seasonal Staff Pose Unique Challenges Temporary Mindset Lack of accountability Little feeling of ownership Young Inexperienced Training time is super short Promotion can’t typically be used as motivator

7 Volunteers and Seasonal Staff Offer Unique Opportunities, too! Today’s seasonal staff may have been last season happy customers Can often relate to customer High energy Enthusiasm Can be motivated with non monetary reward Letters of referral for college applications Chance for future work Chance to take part in fun activities – Trips, outdoor adventure, summer fun Chance to work with peers – meet friends, find social outlets Have fun!

8 Step One Think Before You Recruit/Hire Step One: Think Before You Hire Profile Your Perfect Employee Determine what you need The Minimum Certification Experience Education Beyond Education, Experience and Certification Values Attitude Capability Open Your Mind

9 Step One (continued) Think Before You Recruit/Hire Review/rewrite job descriptions Job Responsibilities Job Duties Job Functions Expected Performance Standards Compensation Growth Opportunities Permanent Placement Eligible for promotion (upon rehire)

10 Step Two Find Winning Applicants Create Your Recruiting Plan Finding Potential Applicants

11 Make it easy to apply for THEM Email Online Mail Fax Telephone On-site Your location Off-site Hand delivered “Taking Care of Business” Day

12 Step Three Select Super Staff Screening Applications Online screening Interviews Checking references Previous employers Volunteer leadership School contacts Background Checks Hiring the Best Employees Match the applicant to the job Notify all applicants – No matter whether they are selected or not Sample Interview Questions

13 Screening & Expectations Interview volunteers, choose those that are the best fit Explain minimum time commitments & scheduling Provide volunteer ‘job’ descriptions to match skills to positions Ask volunteers complete Skills Checklist of knowledge & physical requirements Sample checklist chart at

14 Sample “Interview” Questions Remember –you can’t train personality! Volunteers are diverse in every way Use on and offline methods Offer real-world scenarios – What would you do in this situation? Find out how they would handle conflict.

15 Step Four: Train, Reward and Keep the Best Employees Realities of Retention Losing even one employee hurts Causes for turnover must be clarified Money isn’t everything Turnover is avoidable Turnover is expensive

16 Orientation Welcome/Break the Ice Familiarization Staff Volunteers Marketing Materials Review Mission/Purpose of the Organization Programs History Policies and Procedures Unwritten rules Culture Prepare the Environment The Details The People Distribute volunteer handbook can be projected email or posted online to avoid printing costs Give a real or virtual tour Pre-orientation assignments

17 First Impressions are Critical The First Day Orientation Welcome Familiarization Policies and Procedures Unwritten rules Culture Prepare the Environment The Details The People Orientation Mission/Purpose of the Organization History

18 More Issues to Address on Orientation Day “Org Chart” Organizational Relationships Employee Philosophy Customer Philosophy Product/Services Employee’s position Dress Code Hours and Time Policies and Procedures Finding Assistance Questions

19 Training Schedule specific or group training sessions Cover the 3 types of learners: hear read hands-on Be sensitive to generational distinctions AFTER training, volunteers are given their assignments – not all volunteers will be matched for there area of interest Necessary liability releases Volunteers under 18?

20 Communication Basics Keep volunteers informed Volunteer Manager should have available voicemail and email Positive word of mouth will expand all your programs Encourage volunteer feedback for ideas, growth & change

21 Ongoing Communication Control Rumors and gossip Informal Face-to-face Electronic Control cliques Learn to listen Formal State of the Department Addresses Newsletters Surveys

22 Scout Top Tier Volunteers Create a Top Level team of your experienced, people-oriented volunteers How many people can 1 person manage - 10? 20? Invite them to Participate, lead or organize Trainings Orientations Events Attend education events, workshops, conferences Join your board/committee Become a paid staff member

23 Recognition Basics Recognize and reward good volunteers Buy your regular volunteers t- shirts, buttons, tote bags, aprons, other branded apparel Keep it simple – a handwritten note, a handshake, a personal thank you email Contact volunteers that don’t show up for a shift

24 Motivation Memory Think about a time when someone motivated you… To take a job Go out with you Clean your room Take out the garbage Give you money Who was it? Child Coworker Boss Spouse What did they do to motivate you?

25 Volunteer Stickiness Study to evaluate volunteer retention factors By Adrian Goh and Steven Rogelberg Surveyed 72 Volunteer Managers Surveyed 4139 volunteers

26 Motivation Techniques Show real concern Set specific goals Reward performance Reward attendance Boost Self Esteem Reward Longevity Give feedback Provide career growth opportunities Permanent placement Within your organization With other organizations Training and education Rotation Rewards/Incentives

27 19 Stickiness Practices (in reverse order) #15 #14 #13 #12 #11 #10 #9 #8

28 Volunteer Retention Factors #7 #6 #5 #4 #3 #2 And the #1 Factor leading to Volunteer Stickiness is…

29 Step Five: Learn from Departures Ten Reasons Why Employees Choose to Leave 1. Financial Needs 2. Lack of Competitive Salaries 3. Inadequate Benefits 4. Poor Communication 5. Negative Workplace Environment 6. Lack of Recognition 7. Unfair and Inequitable Treatment 8. Inadequate job challenge 9. Lack of job security 10. Family/Work conflicts See ya!

30 Exit Interviews Guarantee confidentiality Determine reason(s) for resignation Determine employee’s feelings about the organization If applicable, inquire whether the employee is interested in future employment Exit Interview Questions

31 In conclusion… As you plan, recruit, interview, train, reward and say farewell always remember… Today’s customers can become tomorrow’s best staff! Today’s seasonal staff or jr. counselor might someday be your best permanent employee. Today’s employee will one day have kids of their own! As staff go through their lives and careers – you never know who will be your next big donor, sponsor or board member. So what’s the bottom line – Treat everyone who works for you – no matter how for a day or a lifetime, paid or volunteer as a price resource!

32 Thank you for your participation! RESOURCES and VIRTUAL HELP Service Leader (Virtual Volunteering Guide Book): Association for Volunteer Administrators: CompuMentor: (nonprofit technology portal) Cyber Speaker: Energize Inc.: (general VPM resource) Net Aid: TechSoup: (nonprofit technology portal) Volunteer Today: (VPM monthly e-gazette) Netiquette:

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