Corporate Care for Not-for-Profit Leaders & Operation
A study of Canadian non-profit executive leaders by HR Council for the Non-profit sector involving 1,251 non-profit leaders found that over one-half (52%) of the leaders work more than 45 hours in an average week, with a sixth (17%) working more than 50 hours. Almost half (45%) of the leaders also reported experiencing excessive or approaching excessive levels of day-to-day stress. Many cited funding uncertainty and its impact on the welfare of the clients, employees, and organization as keys contributors to their stress.
Managers, Directors, and Executive Officers in not-for-profit organizations are passionate and high-dedicated to the causes they serve. They lead their organizations in efforts to address some of society’s most dire and challenging problems. Yet, they are often driven to do more with less, having to meet growing needs and deliver better outcomes despite deficient or unstable funding and/or to improve their organization’s financial standing, productivity and operational efficiency despite insufficient support and inadequate staffing. All the while, they also have to be able to navigate effectively within socially as well as politically complex and sensitive environments.
Many leaders make up for gaps in support and resources by personally taking on a heavier workload, working longer hours, and enduring higher stress. This in turn has a significant impact on the physical and psychological well-being of these managers, directors, and executive officers. Such a trend is not only applicable to not-for-profit leaders but also their frontline employees.
Insight Corporate Care Can Help
- Feeling highly stressed with one’s heavy workload, intense pressure to deliver results, and/or lack of resources and support?
- Want to take better care of your medical condition or physical and mental health but do not seem to have time to do so?
- Wish you could bounce off your ideas, challenges and concerns to another seasoned not-for-profit leader and get an objective outsider perspective?
- Want to gain guidance and support to address difficulties that are affecting you, your work, and/or your organization?
- Interested in coaching, mentorship and/or support from another seasoned not-for-profit leader who has gone through the ropes?
In order to ensure that not-for-profit leaders of all levels have the ongoing physical, emotional, and mental resiliency to tackle their very challenging work every day, not-for-profit organizations, Boards, and leaders themselves need to be aggressive and unapologetic in making resources available for these champions to access support and personal care. Insight’s experienced not-for-profit associates, therapists, and medical partner can support and work hand-in-hand with not-for-profit leaders to examine and address not only their management and operational concerns but also care for their as well as their employees’ physical and psychological well-being.
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There are extremely few outlets where not-for-profit managers, directors, and executive officers can feel psychologically safe and supported in sharing their challenges or concerns, seeking helpful and objective feedback as well as exploring viable solutions to overcome the various challenges and concerns. Such challenges or concerns may include difficulties working with one’s supervisor or members of the Board, crises or harmful politics affecting the organization or one’s self, harassment or discrimination, overly intense pressure or unreasonable expectation to take on certain initiatives, deterioration in key operational aspects such as finance and human resources and/or difficulty in rectifying major operational challenges, difficulty generating new resources or support, major changes in the organization or in one’s personal life, one’s own health deterioration or increasing sense of disillusionment, and many others.
Under such circumstances, a not-for-profit leader may wish that they can consult with, receive coaching or support from and/or be mentored, in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment, by another seasoned not-for-profit leader who has truly been there, navigated through, learned from, and successfully addressed the many similar issues and concerns encountered. Alternatively, one may be interested in receiving coaching and support from a seasoned and successful for-profit business leader, who could offer very different outlooks and approaches to addressing one’s challenges and concerns
Insight’s Not-for-Profit Leaders’ Mind Share is precisely such a program, where each of our not-for-profit associate is a seasoned practice-leader with extensive experience and expertise as well as demonstrated success in not-for-profit management and board governance and/or in for-profit business settings. Our associates can support not-for-profit managers, directors, and executive officers in:
- Examining their current state of operation, clarifying immediate challenges and contributors to those challenges as well as exploring viable solutions for those challenges.
- Identifying and addressing other inhibitors to the organization’s advancement or progress.
- Exploring options for advancement or viable corrective actions in key aspects of operation, including:
- Leadership and management
- General operations
- Financial management
- Human resources management
- Volunteer management
- Marketing and promotion
- Resource procurement
- Program development
- Client engagement
- Information management
- Establishing appropriate strategies and plans for initiative development and execution.
Leading an organization and teams of employees to tackle some of society’s most challenging problems can be highly rewarding but also highly stressful and energy-intensive, often requiring you to function continuously in an adaptive, resilient, creative, and resourceful manner. One’s personal time and enjoyment, relationships as well as physical and psychological wellness can all be directly affected by such continuous efforts. Insight’s therapists as well as the team of physicians and specialists from its partner organization, Femme Homme Medical, can support not only not-for-profit leaders themselves but also their employees in ensuring that their physical, psychological, and relationship health as well as their overall personal wellness are being attended to in a proactive and preventative manner.
While larger organizations often have human resource management professionals and expertise in-house to support and guide the organization through various legislative requirements and best practices, a smaller not-for-profit organization may not. In such circumstance, there is still a need for not-for-profit leaders to ensure that their human resource management policies and procedures are not only in compliance with the law but are also effective and comprising of best practices.
Insight’s human resource management associates are all seasoned human resource management practice-leaders and can support not-for-profit not-for-profit managers, directors, and executive officers in various human resource management functions, but particularly in some of these more challenging tasks:
- Review and audit of legislative compliance for human resource policies and practices
- Development of human resource policies and procedures
- Non-discriminatory, competency-based selection of job candidates
- Compensation plan and structure development
- Consultation, preparation, and execution of disciplinary actions
- Consultation, preparation, and execution of employment termination
- Consultation on and investigation of harassment and discrimination cases