Tag Archives: Career

How to Say No At Work (Without Jeopardizing Your Nonprofit Job)

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Boundaries are increasingly important as we grow in our careers. The more we’re able to do, the more people want our time. That’s why one piece of advice seems to stick: saying no at work.

And it makes sense. There’s only so much you can do in one day. Saying no is a matter of necessity, because it’s simply impossible to yes all the things.

There’s just one problem. Saying no isn’t always an option at our orgs.

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How to Build a Request Process That People Will Actually Follow

What expertise do you bring to your organization? Because most of us with any sort of technical knowledge – event planners, grant writers, system admins – all have one big thing in common.

People always need something from us.

Oh, Mollz.

As our orgs grow, so do the needs of our staff. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with requests, or find yourself repeating the same instructions to people over & over… then it may be time to streamline. Let’s turn that task into a process!

Why a process?

A smart process does wonders for our productivity. Guidelines & timelines help keep us accountable, minimize errors, and set expectations at our org. 

The result? We’re enabled to produce our best work in a timely fashion, without having to lose our minds.

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How To Get Stuff Done When Everyone Needs Something From You

Whether it’s a seasonal trend or part of everyday life, we all know what it means to be busy. Tasks have this magical way of coming together all at once, threatening to bring our work worlds crashing down the moment we’re off our game.

So naturally, this is the time when everyone needs something from us.

Don’t get me wrong: I love helping my team. If I’m the best person to handle a task that moves our mission forward, that’s great! But being human, I can’t do all the things all at once. And you can’t either.

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The End of Summer Checklist: 10 Ways To Get Work Ready for Fall

If there’s one thing I can count on about this season, it’s the fact that it flies by every single year. Seriously, where did August go?

But this is not the time to lament the end of summer and long days at the beach; after all, who doesn’t love the fall?! Continue reading

10 Tips To Deliver An Awesome Staff Training (When You’re Not A Trainer)

In nonprofit, people joke that we’re all prone to multiple hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall way outside of our job description. Delivering a staff training is definitely one of those things.

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The Case for Being Employed for Good

Hi, I’m Dee. I’m a huge data nerd and I work for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

Like many of you nonprofit peeps, I too love this sector. There was a period in my life where I wanted to go corporate – twice, actually – but nearly 14 years later since my first nonprofit internship, and I’m still here!

And with the exception of potentially joining the government one day, I’m pretty sure this is where I’m meant to be.

I’m fortunate to have worked with great organizations, and am currently in a job that really fits who I am and what I care about right now. But even if you’re working your dream nonprofit job, you know that doesn’t mean every day is easy. Some days are hard, leave you feeling uncertain or questioning your abilities, and can be downright frustrating!

That’s because being a nonprofit career professional isn’t just a work-related decision. It’s more of a lifestyle.

Employed for Good, then, is technically a lifestyle blog – but one focused on all that it takes to work and thrive as a nonprofit professional. In my experience, that means three areas:

  • Technical knowledge, so that we can get the nitty gritty of our jobs DOWN. With my focus, you can expect posts that touch on nonprofit data, systems & engagement processes.
  • Work Stuff in general, because things like boundary-setting are equally important in our roles.
  • Life Stuff, since we’re not just our jobs. We’re people, and the things going on in our human lives inevitably spill over into our work lives.

I’ll share tips and advice on a weekly basis, but by no means is this a solo endeavor. I want you & your nonprofit friends to be part of this too.

From one nonprofit professional to another, let’s reframe and reflect on this path. By deciding to do well at work and in life, we’ll position ourselves to do some real good in this sector.

So, let’s do good together! I invite you to subscribe so that you’re caught up each week, and to engage in this passion project of mine.

Yours in service,

Dee