Keep your Team Happy and Motivated

July 18, 2012

Do you realize how much money your Animal Welfare Organization is losing from disengaged volunteers? It’s a  surprisingly $300 billion annually. There are tactics to keep volunteers motivated and to keep them loving there job, but the key lies in a strong, positive, and adaptive animal welfare organization culture.Organization culture does not only save you money in the long run, but it helps to provide a base for employee and volunteer values and how they are expected to act in a business setting, all you need is workforce and TEAM dynamics.

So, you want to start this “organization change”, now where do you start? Well, like everything, you need to  build off of what you already have. By re-examining the animal welfare organization’s core values and mission and vision statements and editing them (if needed), you can organize a common goal for your animal welfare organization  team. Like anywhere in life, you need to have the management team lead by example.

Studies by the Saratoga Institute show that nearly one in three newly hired employees leaves (voluntarily or involuntarily) before the end of her/his first year which costs companies an estimated 50-150 percent of the positions annual salaries. To avoid this kind of loss your management team needs to focus on the interview process. Employers must look for a balance between the skills you need to be fulfilled for the position and how that person will co-exist with the team. Another thing to consider for the application process is to reevaluate job ads. Do they emulate your company values? During the interview try to uncover behavior, and create interview questions that bring out values and characteristics that could be helpful or if they could hurt your organization and the team.  Consider asking a volunteer to help with the interview, this will ease the stress of the candidate and will help to get the team involved in finding a new member.

Are your volunteers proud to  be part of your Animal Welfare Organization? A happy volunteer will not only help eluminate the office morale, but it will help with retention. If your volunteers are doing a great job and you want to get the team together, consider instituting weekly or monthly lunches, and talk to your team about other team building activities they could do together. If your volunteers feels important to your organization, it wil show in there work ethic. To show your volunteer that you appreciate there hard work, consider putting them in your newsletter. By adding all of these team building tactics to your organization, you can make a happier work environment and save money for your organization.

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