Culture was the #1 talent management priority for social impact organizations prior to recent COVID-19 developments. In fact, 74% of those who responded to Nonprofit HR’s fourth-annual talent management priorities survey indicated a high focus on engagement. Sixty-four percent selected culture management among the primary topics included in their talent management strategy/plans for the year. But for most businesses, including nonprofits, COVID-19 has changed everything! Still, your mission remains. Now more than ever, missions will need rely on their people to maintain their impact during this unprecedented crisis. How you treat them and how you lead during this unpredictable process will reshape your culture. Your employees are watching so get intentional about what and how you communicate through your policies, procedures, and priorities.
If entrepreneurialism is one of your values, ensure your recent decisions empower your people to innovate. If transparency is valued, keep your entire workforce informed as decisions are made. If quality is a central value, account for quality control in your continuity plan. It all matters and even more so now.
Not sure where to start? Register now and hear how mission-driven organizations can demonstrate their commitment to staff by:
- Re-engaging leadership in upholding your organization’s shared values
- Fostering a climate of engagement in the midst of uncertainty
- Aligning your talent management decisions with established values
- Communicating critical decisions and need-to-know information with your team in a way that builds unity
Lisa Brown Alexander
Lisa actively contributes to the strength of the nonprofit sector through her advisory roles with Fund the People and Equity in the Center initiatives. She is a frequent speaker at national nonprofit conferences and events and has authored scores of articles in nonprofit and HR publications on human resources issues. Lisa also serves on the board of directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce, Community Youth Advance (formerly Mentoring to Manhood) and the Prince Georges Cultural Arts Foundation. See full bio.
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