Tag Archives: Data Management

My team doesn’t know what I do.

I sort of got in trouble at work recently.

Don’t worry – nothing actually offensive took place on my part. My job isn’t in jeopardy, I’m not on probation, or anything like that! But I had an exchange with one of my directors, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve definitely made a mistake in my role. Let’s dive in.

Anyone who manages a database knows that the job has it’s less-than-glamorous moments. Not that anyone would call this work glamorous…which is precisely why I love it.

Continue reading

5 Reasons To Start Documenting Your Work Today

If you won the lottery and left your job tomorrow, would your org be able to pick up where you left off?

If you’re thinking HECK NOPE, then this one’s for you. Let’s get into it.

Whenever we talk about doing mission-driven, passion-fueled work, we never talk about documenting it. That’s cause when you’re already so busy, this can be a drag! To some, documentation is the grunt work of event-planning with all the thrill of watching paint dry.

Writing this post, I was skeptical that this could even make for an interesting topic.

But as a blog centered on nonprofit worker productivity, we can’t not talk about it! Documentation is key to how we make a lasting impact at work, drudgery and all.

Continue reading

How to Create an Intake Process for Staff Requests (Pt 2)

Have you ever spent unnecessary time on a request, all because you & your colleagues weren’t on the same page? *raises hand*

It’s not a great feeling! But that’s what happens when you don’t organize those requests early on. If you write content for your org, create reports, build lists, or do anything that requires even the slightest bit of niche expertise….let’s chat.

Continue reading

How to Build a Process Framework (Pt 1)

A while ago, I shared tips on how to build a staff process that people can actually follow. Because when you start getting overwhelmed with requests, a process is key to staying cool and organized.

We did the first step of clarifying how these requests play out in our orgs today. We’ve got notes on everything that matters: the types of requests we get, the needs of our requestors and our own team’s capacity. (If you haven’t read that first post, you’ll want to start here.)

Now that that’s done, we need to translate those points into a living, breathing process. That’s a big leap, especially when you’re not used to doing it!

Continue reading