Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Four Reasons Volunteers Don't Do Their Jobs

I was recently rereading a textbook on the topic of Performance Management (which deals with the topic of using positive reinforcement to improve performance). It noted four basic reasons why people don't do what we want them to do on the job. When modified for volunteers, the reasons are:

There is nothing profound about these questions and that's exactly the point! So ask yourself:
  • Are volunteers clear about the outcome of their assignment?
  • Do volunteers know how they will work together, and with staff, to achieve this outcome?
  • What issues or problems might discourage or prevent volunteers from accomplishing their goals?
  • Is the assignment seen as desirable by the volunteers? Is it a good match for their interests, passions and talents?
'nuff said!

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