Differences in managing paid staff versus volunteers by Susan J. Ellis
SIMILARITIES to managing volunteers vs paid staff
Everyone wants to feel that what they’re doing has an impact, whether they’re getting paid for it or not. It is crucial for non-profit mangers to understand this; they will fail to successfully manage their volunteer force otherwise.
It is important to ensure that volunteers feel a sense of ownership over their work and inclusion in the organization’s mission. This is similar to how you would manage the career of a full-time employee, with inclusive planning and long-term professional guidance.
Clear, frequent, two-way communication is another important comparison between managing volunteers and paid employees. There needs to be an established system of information sharing between full-time employees and part-time volunteers. This is significant because part-time volunteers will generally not be involved in the organization on a day-to-day basis. Clear communication on a frequent basis will ensure that volunteers are on the same page as full-time paid employees.
DIFFERENCES to managing volunteers vs paid off
Employees are compensate monetarily for their time and work. Volunteers do not receive monetary compensation.
Paid staff is typically between the ages of 18 and 67 vs volunteers do not have an age limited.
Work hours are treat different for volunteers and paid staff. Volunteers expect flexible schedule and not to be reprimanded when they miss work.