The following blog is by James Faghmous
“Hi my name is James, it’s nice to finally meet you!” “Oh yes! You’re the fellow who blogs on FaceSquare, iPosts on Android and Twitters on Google! Can you fix my computer?”
This is a typical conversation occurring at intergenerational organizations across the sector, and it highlights just how many nonprofits don’t value young professional contributions and qualities except for when it comes to troubleshooting.
It was my first day at a new job. I almost made it through lunch before facing the dreaded question: “How old are you?" Four hours on the job and I'd realized that most of my colleagues were 20-30 years my senior. I’d hoped to not reveal exactly how young I was until I’d been there a bit longer, but it was not meant to be. "I'm 26." "Oh, I thought you might be about my daughter's age," my colleague replied. "She's 24."
Starting a new job is often nerve wracking. Starting a new job when you're the youngest person at work can be even harder. I remember the questions running through my head: “Will my colleagues think I’m too young for this job? Will I fit in? Will my contributions be respected?”Read more
by Virginia Brown
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Getting what you want was the theme at this month’s packed Emerging Leaders Network lunch. A crowded room meant two things: 1) Lots of people aren’t sure how to ask for– and get–what they want, and 2) I had to sit on a counter because they were out of chairs.Read more
The following blog is by Erin Sapp.
When Minnesota giant Best Buy moved to a results-oriented work environment (ROWE)—no specified working hours, just particular job outcomes to be achieved—the rest of the corporate world held its breath to see what would happen. Now, five years later, Best Buy enjoys high rates of productivity, retention and employee-satisfaction. Having worked for a variety of nonprofits, public and private clients as an independent contractor, my career has been focused primarily on the outcomes of my work, rather than the hours I punch on the clock. I believe that the time is ripe to explore if ROWE could work in the nonprofit sector.Read more
One of my first internships in college was working for a small nonprofit. I loved the work, but something felt a little…off. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Was it me? Was it my supervisor? The atmosphere felt disconnected, staff sometimes didn’t get along, and I couldn’t figure out basic norms and procedures—heck, I couldn't even tell you the dress code. What was wrong, I came to find out, was poor organizational culture.
What is it? Organizational culture, whether good or bad, is a difficult concept to comprehend. It's a mixture of written and unwritten values, norms, beliefs and practices shared by the people who make up your organization. More simply put, it’s the “personality” of your nonprofit.
Either way, it's a powerful force that dictates everything from how well you fulfill your mission to who makes the coffee in the morning.Read more