Not-for-profit organisations have the same legal obligations as any employer to their workers and this includes volunteers. While you don’t pay volunteers for their time, there still are fundamental people management practices that you need to put in place to ensure you’re compliant with Fair Work legislation.
Read our checklist of 10 volunteer management rules that every not-for-profit should know.
What you’ll learn:
Your legal obligations to volunteers
How to minimise compliance risk
How to recognise and reward your volunteers
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Are you at risk of losingyour biggest asset?
According to Volunteering Australia1, approximately 6.1 million people regularly participate in formal volunteering, providing approximately $14.6 billion of unpaid labour to not-for-profit organisations. Another analysis of the scale of volunteering’s economic value to Australian society suggests it’s more in the order of $200 billion a year.
Whatever the true economic value, for many not-for-profit organisations, volunteers are your very lifeblood. Without volunteers, your organisation simply could not continue to operate.
Yet, too few organisations truly optimise volunteer engagement. Instead, they overlook the need to put a formal structure in place to recruit, train, manage, and make the most of this important segment of their workforce.
While this in itself opens the organisation up to risk, many NFPs also make the mistake of thinking that they have no legal responsibilities over their volunteers, when in truth, quite the opposite is true.
To ensure your business is managing their volunteers appropriately, read our whitepaper on managing volunteers at a not-for-profit.
Benefits and perks play an important role in keeping employees engaged and happy. Where business realities rule out financial rewards, it’s important to remember that staff rewards come in many shapes and sizes. There’s more to rewarding staff than cold, hard cash.