A good sense of humor helps in reducing stress according
to the experts. Here are some tips on reducing stress in the workplace.
Traditional volunteers ask questions about the expectation
of the organization for whom he/she is volunteering. The volunteer position
description (sometimes called a job description) is a good way to communicate
organizational expectations. Here is a checklist to ensure that the
position description is communicating what your organization wants to
say and what the volunteer needs to see.
The best way to learn about the seriousness of a volunteer's interest
in the organization is to begin an interview with this question. "Tell
me what you know about our organization? And what questions do you have
A quick way to quash conflict between volunteers is to ask if either
of them has a solution that they and you can live with. People are more
likely to support a solution if he/she comes up with it.
Clutter over whelming you? Before you log in to email on your computer,
deal with three items on your desk. Imagine where you would be if you
do this for two weeks.
Volunteers are good sources of resource development. If money is the
issue, get top volunteers (no more than 10) in a room. On easel paper
write "Make Money." On another easel write "Save Money."
Then have a freewheeling brainstorming session. Avoid discussion of
details. The purpose of the session is to generate ideas.
Too many meetings? Cancel all meetings for 30 days. Then ask staff and
volunteers which meetings they regret not attending and why. Draw up
a new schedule for meetings based on the input you receive.
Retention on your mind. Keeping volunteers is often impacted by what
happens to them in the first days of their involvement. A. Get them
actively engaged at training - Ask what they hope to accomplish and
what they have to contribute. B. Take the volunteer on a tour of the
facility and program. Let them see where they fit in the big picture.
Do not just rush them off to their assignment. C. Match them to a mentor
who will stick with them on a regular basis for many months.
Find out what businesses are supporters of your organization. Check
to see if they have a Web site. Ask if the company would consider a
free advertisement on their site directing people to volunteer opportunities
with your program. Then provide hot-link information and snappy design
for them to up-load very simply.
Ask volunteers to complete this sentence. "The one thing that makes
coming to this volunteer position worthwhile is __________________________."
Get more efficient in managing your own work. 10 minutes per day to
improve productivity. Up date your calendar. Clean out old email messages.
Schedule an appointment.
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available
to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points
of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate
unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen
action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children
and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future. The
award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like
nomination forms, call 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals
can be connected to their local volunteer center. This is a national interactive
call routing system designed to get volunteers connected to people who
can help them volunteer.