Recruiting and Retaining Nonprofit Staff
May 8th, 2012
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As part of its 2012 Nonprofit Employment Trends Survey, Nonprofit HR Solutions asked participating nonprofits about their online employment recruiting strategies. Based on their responses, the firm compiled a list of the top ten websites and social media outlets most frequently used for nonprofit recruitment advertising. Topping the list were Craigslist, LinkedIn, and Idealist.org. For the complete list, download the survey in its entirety here.
Why is online employee recruitment a pertinent nonprofit topic?
According the Survey, 43% of nonprofit organizations added new positions in 2011 and planned to create new positions this year, as opposed to 34% of organizations surveyed for the 2011 study. Also, many more organizations (13%) surveyed for the 2012 study anticipate turnover due to retirement this year than they did for 2011 (1%). The percentage of nonprofits that expect to lose employees due to voluntary resignation doubled since the 2010 survey.
These trends could increasingly put nonprofits in the position of having to attract new talent to staff a rising number of positions as their seasoned talent dwindles. Since most nonprofits lack a budget for recruitment, no-cost means of advertising may become more necessary.
In addition, the 2012 study indicates that the vast majority of nonprofits – 75% do not have a formal staff retention strategy. Organizations surveyed reported their greatest obstacles to retention as the inability to pay competitively, the inability to promote/advance top-performing staff, and excessive workloads/insufficient staff resources.
In light of this data, nonprofits could be faced with significant challenges in the areas of recruitment and retention this year.
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FOR DISCUSSION: What recruitment strategies have you found that best satisfied your needs to find quality talent? What strategies have you used to successfully retain your "top-performing" staff?
Posted by CNP Staff
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