Staffing Challenges Give Birth to Progressive Management


The John’s Hopkins University project the Nonprofit Listening Post, held a Roundtable on the recruitment and retention of professional and support workers at nonprofit organizations. This Sounding demonstrated that overwhelming majorities of nonprofit human service, arts, and community development organizations are facing real challenges recruiting and retaining quality workers; but it also found that most organizations were able to overcome these challenges with adaptive styles of management-employee relations and progressive workstyles.

Five overarching lessons emerged from this conversation:

1) The importance of selling “the context” of nonprofi t jobs;

2) The realization that new, costly methods do not always have better results;

3) The importance of thinking creatively about bringing people into the sector;

4) The need to re-defi ne work and the working environment;

5) The importance of professionalizing the human resource function.

More on this conversation can be found here.

Five overarching lessons emerged from this conversation:
1) The importance of selling “the context” of nonprofi t jobs;
2) The realization that new, costly methods do not always have better results;
3) The importance of thinking creatively about bringing people into the sector;
4) The need to re-defi ne work and the working environment;
5) The importance of professionalizing the human resource function..

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