Preventing and Addressing Volunteer Burnout<br />June 2010<br />Meredith Kennedy<br />
About Me<br /><ul><li>Nonprofit junkie
Managed large volunteer programs
Fanatical volunteer
Board member
Gardener
Rescuer of dogs</li></li></ul><li>
#1- List at least seven ways to combat volunteer burnout.<br />
#2- Describe the importance of volunteer job descriptions in setting expectations for volunteer time commitments.<br />
#3- Identify how to retain and motivate volunteers through recognition and appreciation.<br />
#1- List at least six ways to combat volunteer burnout.<br />
1. Provide job descriptions<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
2. Leave plenty of time to plan and execute<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
3. Set clear project deadlines and stick to them<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
4. Delegate tasks and plan for contingencies<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
5. Keep lines of communication open <br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
6. Respect volunteers’ time<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
6. Recognize, recognize, recognize<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
#2- Describe the importance of volunteer job descriptions in setting expectations for volunteer time commitments.<br />
Workload<br />L.O. #2<br />
Photo:JiPs_Stick<br />
Volunteer Job Descriptions Should Address:<br />What is the job?<br />Why is the job necessary?<br />What are the steps ne...
Completion Dates<br />Should be incorporated into every job description<br />Two weeks? Two years?<br />Give the option t...
#3- Identify how to retain and motivate volunteers through recognition and appreciation.<br />
L.O. #3<br />
Motivators<br />Mission-driven<br />Affiliation<br />Accomplishment<br />Power and Influence<br />L.O. #3<br />
Recognition Ideas<br />Annual appreciation party<br />Volunteer spotlight in e-newsletter<br />Framed certificates of meri...
L.O. #1<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3323854557/sizes/l/<br />
Retention<br />Create a positive volunteer experience<br />Sense of meaningfulness of work<br />Voice within your chapter<...
Because I support the vision and mission of USGBC National and the Kentucky Chapter, I would like to contribute my time an...
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Preventing and Addressing Volunteer Burnout

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  • 1. Preventing and Addressing Volunteer Burnout<br />June 2010<br />Meredith Kennedy<br />
  • 2.
  • 3. About Me<br /><ul><li>Nonprofit junkie
  • 4. Managed large volunteer programs
  • 5. Fanatical volunteer
  • 6. Board member
  • 7. Gardener
  • 8. Rescuer of dogs</li></li></ul><li>
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  • 10. #1- List at least seven ways to combat volunteer burnout.<br />
  • 11. #2- Describe the importance of volunteer job descriptions in setting expectations for volunteer time commitments.<br />
  • 12. #3- Identify how to retain and motivate volunteers through recognition and appreciation.<br />
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  • 14. #1- List at least six ways to combat volunteer burnout.<br />
  • 15. 1. Provide job descriptions<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 16. 2. Leave plenty of time to plan and execute<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 17. 3. Set clear project deadlines and stick to them<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 18. 4. Delegate tasks and plan for contingencies<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 19. 5. Keep lines of communication open <br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 20. 6. Respect volunteers’ time<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 21. 6. Recognize, recognize, recognize<br />Photo by HoriaVarlan<br />L.O. #1<br />
  • 22. #2- Describe the importance of volunteer job descriptions in setting expectations for volunteer time commitments.<br />
  • 23. Workload<br />L.O. #2<br />
  • 24. Photo:JiPs_Stick<br />
  • 25. Volunteer Job Descriptions Should Address:<br />What is the job?<br />Why is the job necessary?<br />What are the steps necessary for completion?<br />To whom is the volunteer accountable?<br />How much time is involved?<br />When is the expected completion date?<br />L.O. #2<br />
  • 26. Completion Dates<br />Should be incorporated into every job description<br />Two weeks? Two years?<br />Give the option to re-enlist<br />Promote short-term tasks<br />L.O. #2<br />
  • 27. #3- Identify how to retain and motivate volunteers through recognition and appreciation.<br />
  • 28. L.O. #3<br />
  • 29. Motivators<br />Mission-driven<br />Affiliation<br />Accomplishment<br />Power and Influence<br />L.O. #3<br />
  • 30. Recognition Ideas<br />Annual appreciation party<br />Volunteer spotlight in e-newsletter<br />Framed certificates of merit<br />Thank you notes to volunteer OR employer<br />Phone call within three days of effort<br />Invitations to special events or VIP seating<br />Honorary lapel pin<br />L.O. #3<br />
  • 31. L.O. #1<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/3323854557/sizes/l/<br />
  • 32. Retention<br />Create a positive volunteer experience<br />Sense of meaningfulness of work<br />Voice within your chapter<br />Connection to mission and membership<br />Recognizing volunteers according to their motivation<br />L.O.#3<br />
  • 33. Because I support the vision and mission of USGBC National and the Kentucky Chapter, I would like to contribute my time and talents to the Kentucky Chapter and help transform the built environment in our commonwealth.  I support and adhere to the USGBC Triple Bottom Line Guiding Principle.  I understand that my volunteer efforts are valued, appreciated and needed during this crucial time in the Kentucky Chapter’s formation and will have a positive impact for our fellow citizens for generations.  I have carefully considered my engagement with the USGBC Kentucky Chapter and have chosen to personally commit as an active volunteer fulfilling the roles and responsibilities outlined to me.  My word is my pledge.<br />L.O.#3<br />
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  • 35. Ask Yourself<br />Do we have volunteer job descriptions?<br />Is there a system of review and follow-up?<br />Are volunteers taking their job seriously and are they committed to the mission?<br />Have they been oriented and told about the importance of the work that they do?<br />Are we meeting their needs?<br />What kind of volunteer recognition activities has the chapter engaged in over the past three months? Six? Twelve?<br />L.O.#3<br />
  • 36. #1- List at least seven ways to combat volunteer burnout.<br />
  • 37. #2- Describe the importance of volunteer job descriptions in setting expectations for volunteer time commitments.<br />
  • 38. #3- Identify how to retain and motivate volunteers through recognition and appreciation.<br />