Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When it comes to running a successful business or nonprofit organization, having a good human resources management department in place will help you go far. When you are a nonprofit organization, everything you do must be approved by the government as they are basically paying to keep your organization afloat. There are many HR indicators for government nonprofits that should be implemented in your organization already. The first thing the government will look for is whether or not you have an employee handbook or policy written up. This handbook should describe recruitment processes, termination requirements, job descriptions, and the many ACTS, like the family leave ACT, that the organization supports. This handbook or policy should either be given to each employee or posted in a public place that they have access to at all times. The nonprofit should also follow all recruitment and hiring requirements in a non discriminating way. The government also likes to see indicators like giving performance reviews on each employee regularly. This not only is a way for them to monitor your organizations progress but also a way to keep your volunteers and employees motivated.

The nonprofit also has to have some type of compensation plan and a review of the plan in place as well, as most nonprofit are ran either by volunteers or very few employees that are actually getting paid a salary. The organization should also be able to fill needed positions in a timely manner to avoid getting behind or slacking on any of the other important indicators mentioned. Keeping good records is the most important thing any business, especially nonprofits, need to train them to do. Tax papers, HR documents, receipts, memos, emails, you name it, you save it! It is always better to be over prepared than under prepared, especially when handling your HR indicators for government paperwork. All of these indicators are rated on a 3 letter scale system. If the indicator is rated "E" that means it is essential to the core HR department and caseload of the organization. An "R" stands for recommended and while these indicators are not mandatory, they are highly recommended to have in place for any nonprofit. The last rating, "A", are the indicators that are additional features that can dramatically help strengthen all of the organizations activities.

For HR indicators for government nonprofits with only volunteer members, the indicators are much less strict. As always job descriptions and business plans must be clarified for everyone in the organization and posted for all to see. As volunteers do not get paid, the government at least requires an indicator where you set up some type of compensation reward system. Whether this be by planning more activities, providing gifts and certificates, or giving the volunteer more freedom, something has to be done. Research organizations are a good example of a nonprofit with nothing but volunteers. The volunteers are usually passionate about the cause which is why they do not require any pay. Make sure all of your indicators have been met so you can stay on the good side of the government.


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