Nonprofits are hiring! That’s according to human resources consultant Nonprofit HR and charity watchdog GuideStar. In 2016, they surveyed almost 450 nonprofits and found that more than half of all small, midsize and large organizations were actively seeking new staff. Only 8% of respondents planned to eliminate jobs.
Although the survey’s results showed healthy job growth of 6% over 2015, plenty of nonprofits are still hesitating to add employees to the payroll. If your organization is on the sidelines but thinking about hiring in the near future, the following three questions can help you decide:
So consider how you’ll make the most of any new staffing budget before you spend it. Is it more important to hire one executive-level person or two entry-level staffers? Are you hoping to attract someone from the for-profit business world? If so, you may need to pay him or her more than you would a candidate from the nonprofit sector. The bottom line is that you’ll need to make hard choices, regardless of the size of your budget.
These are only a few questions to ask before deciding to hire new employees. The important thing is to share the decision. Consult your organization’s managers, board members and professional advisors.