Chicago, IL, February 23, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- What makes a nonprofit great to work for? HR managers often hear about how employees need to feel connected to the mission, or be well-compensated. "Yet, while nonprofits may offer a compelling mission or good employee benefits, an Employer of Choice goes above and beyond to attract and retain great employees. These employes offer a total work culture and workplace environment that supports employees while supporting the organization’s mission.
Organizations of all sizes can take steps to become an Employer of Choice by focusing on four distinct areas: offering interesting work opportunities, a supportive environment, rewards & recognition, and employee development.
1. Give your employees many opportunities perform interesting and challenging work. Show them how their jobs help the organization’s mission so that they will feel inspired and feel passionate about what they do. Give them unique opportunities for visibility or significant contributions.
2. Have a supportive environment. Help your employees balance work and life by offering flexible scheduling, remote work arrangements, job sharing, and generous paid time off programs. Help them foster positive relationships with their supervisors and coworkers by creating a culture of fairness and accountability. Practice a truly “open door” policy across the board, where employees can voice their opinions without feeling attacked or ostracized.
3. Reward employees with recognition for the contribution that they have made to the organization. Offer compensation and rewards that are regularly bench-marked against the market averages. Take steps to ensure equitable treatment and transparency in your compensation and reward processes. Celebrate successes, both big and small, in publicly visible way!
4. Offer ongoing training & development opportunities. Help employees to develop skills so they can excel in their jobs on a day to basis and eventually progress up the career ladder or obtain greater influence in the organization. Provide a meaningful training and development framework, which may include an annual assessment process, benchmarks, and goal setting. Encourage employees to access training and development opportunities (both internal and external) according to their development plan. Promote employees based on their skills and past contributions, and consideration for new jobs are first given to qualified, internal candidates.
Employers of Choice successfully balance employees’ needs with those of the organization. When employers are receptive to the needs of their employees, they will most certainly value the organization their Employer of Choice and remain loyal to its mission. By investing in their employees, who are their most important asset, organizations position themselves to attract and retain top performers to carry out the organizational mission.
HarmonyJobs LLC will begin accepting nominations for its nationwide "Nonprofit Employer of Choice" competition beginning on March 1, 2013. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013. Information and nomination forms will be posted at http://harmonyjobs.com/nonprofit-employer-of-choice-award/ by March 1. Interested parties may now sign up on the site to receive updates and reminders.
About The Employer of Choice Award
The Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award recognizes organizations who go above and beyond to create a thriving, employee-friendly environment. Competing organizations will be grouped based on the size of their organization. A winner and two runners-up will be chosen in each group. Results will be published in May 2013, and all winners and runners-up will receive special recognition on the HarmonyJobs website (www.harmonyjobs.com), a printed award to display in their offices, and up to three free job postings on HarmonyJobs.com.
Criteria to be addressed in the nomination are factors which create an overall thriving work environment, such as compensation/benefits, work/life balance, training and professional development opportunities, special perks, community involvement, and the general working environment. Competing organizations will be grouped based on the size of their organization. A winner and two runners-up will be chosen in each group. Results will be published in May 2013, and all winners and runners-up will receive special recognition on the HarmonyJobs website, a printed award to display in their offices, and up to three free job postings on HarmonyJobs.com.
For additional information about the Nonprofit Employer of Choice Award, visit: http://harmonyjobs.com/nonprofit-employer-of-choice-award/
About HarmonyJobs LLC
HarmonyJobs LLC offers flexible recruitment solutions for nonprofits organizations and connects nonprofit professionals with jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in the nonprofit sector. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the company understands and serves the unique needs of mission-based organizations and nonprofit job seekers. HarmonyJobs.com is a website owned and operated by HarmonyJobs LLC that allows nonprofits to post opportunities and find candidates to support their mission. The company also provides customized, full-service recruitment for organizations with hard-to-fill positions, no recruitment function, or unique recruitment needs. For more information about HarmonyJobs LLC, visit www.harmonyjobs.com or follow us on Twitter.