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NOT ALL GROUPS ARE TEAMS: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE
When people work together in a group it is often referred to as a team. Teams have some special characteristics and should not be confused with a working group. Those who lead a working group need to understand its characteristics, as do those who are in either a work group or a team. Managers, who frequently work with people in groups, need to understand the characteristics and alter his/her supervision and management style accordingly.
*Strong, clearly focused leader
*The group’s purpose is the same as the broader organizational mission
*Measures its effectiveness indirectly by its influence on others
*Discusses, decides, and delegates
*Shared leadership roles
*Individual and mutual accountability
*A team’s purpose is on something that is specific and chosen by the team.
*Encourages open-ended discussion and active problem-solving meetings
*Measures performance directly by assessing collective work-products
*Discusses, decides, and does real work together
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VOLUNTEER POSITIONS DESCRIPTIONS: A BASIC TO SUCCESS
Position descriptions seems such an old fashioned notion to experienced managers of volunteers. They are, however, essential to success and still one of the things organizations frequently overlook. Why do volunteers repeatedly say, “No one told me what to do. I was clueless until I got on the job.” Others are so blind-sided by expectations he/she will just not show up again. To avoid this problem, even the smallest volunteer program needs descriptions of what volunteers are expected to have in the way of qualifications and duties.
Creating high-quality position descriptions is a good job for a small ad hoc volunteer committee. It can be staffed by the manager of volunteers or a leadership volunteer who works closely with the manager of volunteers between meetings.
The Position Description Worksheet attached to this article provides a worksheet that is the precursor to an attractive and grammatically correct document that can be distributed to volunteers and/or posted on the organization’s Web site. Open the form. PDF What follows is a description of the information needed for each category of the position description.
Keep in mind that a position description for a long-term continuous job needs more detail; while the description of an episodic job is rarely longer than two or three sentences, but should include all the elements in the position description.
Begin by downloading the form. Then read the descriptions below of what to do at each step.
Title: Make the title catchy and interesting, whether is a short term or long term position.
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