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Standing out to fit in: How new employees can set themselves up for success at a new workplace

By Operations, People & Culture

The initial six months, often termed the ‘socialisation phase,’ are pivotal as they influence performance, job satisfaction, and length of tenure. The article highlights the employer’s potential gains from effective onboarding: new hires can offer fresh perspectives on current processes and contribute innovative ideas. With the evolving hybrid work environment reducing in-office presence, thoughtful onboarding strategies are more crucial than ever.


What Makes A Great Charity

By Business, Leadership, Operations, Personal

Ever wondered what makes a great charity? In 2024, Tanarra Social Purpose invited some of Australia’s community leaders, philanthropists, and social change peers to share their insights with the goal to support charities in achieving maximum success and effectiveness in today’s challenging operating environment.

Our own NPA CEO, CARMEL MOLLOY, was invited to contribute her insights, emphasising the critical role of pervasive leadership in fostering organisational greatness. David Crosbie, CEO of Community Council for Australia, emphasises the importance of a values-driven approach for impactful change. Kristy Muir, CEO of Paul Ramsay Foundation, highlights the significance of purpose, people, and partnerships.


Icebergs ahead: The charity sector is becoming unsustainable

By Business, Operations, Revenue - Fundraising, Revenue - Other

The latest Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Australian Charities Report, highlighted by Community Council for Australia CEO David Crosbie, underscores a sector facing significant challenges. The report emphasizes the crucial role of the ACNC in providing timely and accurate sector-wide insights through its analysis of Annual Information Statements. Before the ACNC’s establishment, charity data was sparse and often outdated. Now, with detailed findings revealing rising expenses outpacing revenue growth, particularly notable in a nearly 10% increase in employee expenses, concerns about sector sustainability and capacity are mounting. Urgent reforms are needed to address these issues and ensure charities can continue effectively serving their communities amid escalating operational pressures and financial constraints.


A Decade Of Data: Australian Charities Report Unveils Sector’s Economic Impact Amid Rising Costs

By Business, Operations, Revenue - Fundraising

The Australian Charities Report aggregates data from over 51,000 charities to provide a comprehensive overview of the sector’s dynamics. In 2022, charities faced significant financial pressures, with expenses and liabilities increasing more than revenues and assets. Total sector revenue reached a record high of just over $200 billion, driven by a $11 billion increase, while expenses surged by $22 billion. Employee expenses notably rose by nearly 10%, marking the highest annual increase recorded. Despite a 4.4% growth in donations totaling $13.9 billion, philanthropy through grants increased substantially by 21% to $11.7 billion. Charities remain significant employers, comprising 10.5% of the Australian workforce, and rely heavily on volunteers, though numbers dipped from previous highs. The report underscores the challenges faced by extra small charities, which constitute nearly a third of the sector yet operate with minimal income and staffing. It emphasizes the diverse landscape of Australian charities and the critical role of data transparency in informing sector policies and operations.


Five key trends shaping the new world of work

By Business, Operations, People & Culture

The rise of platform companies has revolutionized employment norms, with digital skills taking center stage. As industries undergo digital transformations, organizations are becoming technology-driven entities, emphasizing the importance of digital skills in the workplace. Employability is no longer solely dependent on soft skills like communication and critical thinking but is increasingly focused on utilizing digital technologies such as AI, robotics, and IoT. This shift underscores the need for workers to adapt to emerging digital platforms to remain relevant in today’s evolving job market.

‘Power has shifted’: Big change coming to Australian workplaces

By Business, Operations, People & Culture

Australia’s job market dynamics are undergoing a significant shift from employee empowerment to employer favoritism, fueled by factors such as the cost-of-living crisis and a fear of job cuts. A report from people2people Recruitment indicates a transition where job seekers prioritize stable, long-term opportunities over immediate perks, contrasting with earlier trends of heightened salary and benefit expectations. The evolving landscape sees employers gaining negotiation power, leading to increased competition among job seekers for fewer positions. Consequently, job seekers are advised to manage their expectations during the job search process. Employers are now leveraging this power shift to make demands previously resisted by employees, including reducing remote work options and increasing performance expectations. As the focus shifts from remote work back to the office, employees are urged to adapt to higher performance standards and demonstrate tangible contributions to workplace culture. This shift may influence promotion decisions, with employees who contribute more holistically to the organization being favored. Despite this power shift, maintaining a fair and balanced work environment remains crucial for organizational success, emphasizing the need for a mutually beneficial relationship between employers and employees.


Your Scarcest Resource

By Business, Operations

Most companies meticulously manage capital, demanding a strong business rationale and setting spending limits, yet time often remains unmanaged. Bain & Company, where the authors work, utilized innovative analytics to dissect the time allocations of 17 corporations, revealing excessive e-communications, soaring meeting durations, limited real collaboration, and rising dysfunctional meeting behaviors. They propose eight strategies for time management, including clear meeting agendas, zero-based time budgets, and standardized decision processes. Forward-thinking firms apply similar rigor to time as to capital, reclaiming unproductive hours, fostering innovation, and driving profitable growth.


6 Workplace Trends Leaders Should Watch in 2024

By Business, Operations, People & Culture, Workplace

In 2024, there’s a significant shift in employer-employee relationships, influenced by evolving workplace logistics, trends and dynamics.

Gallup’s research highlights the crucial role of management in employee engagement and well-being, overshadowing the impact of work location.

As organizations undergo transformations, many employees, including managers, experience stress and disconnection. To navigate this landscape, leaders must adapt management strategies.

Key trends include rising global worker stress, slow recovery of employee engagement, the need to restore trust in leadership, challenges faced by managers, the importance of a long-term hybrid work strategy, and fostering a positive hybrid work culture.


10 roles for impact at scale

By Business, Operations

Through discussions with social purpose leaders and reviewing Australian examples, distinct roles have emerged, guiding efforts towards impactful outcomes.

These roles include Vision Setters, Entrepreneurs, Social Innovators, Scaled Providers, Knowledge Brokers, Advocates, Campaigners, Coalition Builders, Capacity Builders, and Catalysers.

Each role contributes uniquely to driving change at scale, with collaboration and partnership being key enablers. These roles often intersect and evolve, requiring a shared vocabulary and ongoing mapping of efforts to optimize collective impact. Various case studies illustrate how organizations adopt these roles to address complex social issues and achieve meaningful outcomes.

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Good NFP risk management – A great ICDA Resource!

By Board & Governance, Business, Operations

Human beings, particularly leaders in the community sector, often exhibit an inherent optimism bias, assuming things will turn out favorably despite potential risks. However, this optimism can hinder effective risk management practices, leading to overconfidence, cutting corners, and unrealistic expectations.

In the not-for-profit and charity sector, where leaders aim to achieve missions with limited resources, optimism can be particularly pronounced.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) emphasize the importance of identifying, evaluating, and mitigating various risks, including physical, professional, environmental, employee, financial, criminal, and regulatory risks.

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