Last post, I talked about building a good team and gave you some tips for setting the team up for success by way of rules of engagement and being not only the leader but also a good team member--the type of team member you expect others to be. Today we talk volunteers. Working with volunteers is different from working with employees. Motivations are different when someone is volunteering vs. getting paid.
I have served as a volunteer and a leader for years in various organizations, at different levels and for a bunch of different reasons. As a result, these tips have been tried and tested by yours truly. There are tips in here not only for those who lead volunteers, but for you who volunteer. Please share your experiences as a volunteer or volunteer leader. I don’t know it all and the idea is to build effective resources for all of you/all of us to use.
Here are some do’s and don’ts for you as you move forward in your efforts to make the world a better place through your service.
Get the most out of your volunteer force. Follow these simple tips:
It may all sound like common sense, but I promise, I have fallen into each and every trap on the don’t side as both a volunteer and a leader. I have also experienced the good from all of the ideas in the do side.
What have you experienced as a volunteer or volunteer leader? What is ONE thing you wish you had done differently or would have made your volunteer experience better? Volunteer your advice--please and thank you.