New Insights into Nonprofit Employee Engagement in National Research Study from Opportunity Knocks

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To help nonprofit employers better understand their employees’ engagement, Opportunity Knocks, the national nonprofit job board and HR resource, conducted a landmark national study and today released the OK Research project, Engaging the Nonprofit Workforce: Mission, Management and Emotion. A free copy of the report can be downloaded at: http://content.opportunityknocks.org/2011/06/14/opportunity-knocks-nonprofit-employee-engagement-survey/

“A better understanding of employee engagement may help organizations identify better strategies to engage their employees, avoid burnout, and ultimately decrease turnover rates." Karen Beavor, President and CEO of Opportunity Knocks

To help nonprofit employers better understand their employees’ engagement, Opportunity Knocks, the national nonprofit job board and HR resource, conducted a landmark national study and today released the OK Research project, Engaging the Nonprofit Workforce: Mission, Management and Emotion. A free copy of the report can be downloaded at: http://content.opportunityknocks.org/2011/06/14/opportunity-knocks-nonprofit-employee-engagement-survey/

Opportunity Knocks produced this project in partnership with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Environmental and Public Affairs and organizations including the Girl Scouts of the USA, Boys and Girls Club of America, Metro Atlanta YMCA, American Cancer Society, and Talent Connections.

This report is the only of its kind on employee engagement specifically focused on the nonprofit sector. The goal of this project is to better understand the ways in which nonprofit employees are engaged and the impact of employee engagement and disengagement upon employees, nonprofit organizations and communities.

Key findings include:

  •     Half of employees may be burned out or are in danger of burnout.
  •     Only half plan to continue working for their current employer.
  •     Seven in ten believe that making a difference in society means more to them than personal achievements.
  •     The majority felt they do not have enough authority to get their job done.

The report provides recommendations and addresses management and organizational factors that affect engagement including:

  •     Mission Attachment
  •     Career Development
  •     Compensation & Benefits
  •     Job Specificity
  •     Management Relations
  •     Participatory Management
  •     Emotional Engagement & Burnout

“A better understanding of employee engagement may help organizations identify better strategies to engage their employees, avoid burnout, and ultimately decrease turnover rates, in addition to lowering costs and creating more effective organizations.” quotes Karen Beavor, President and CEO of Opportunity Knocks. “True to our mission, this demonstrates our commitment to support nonprofit organizations build successful human resource strategies.”

More information on obtaining a free copy of this report can be found at
http://content.opportunityknocks.org/2011/06/14/opportunity-knocks-nonprofit-employee-engagement-survey/

Also available from OK Research is the 2011/12 Nonprofit Wage and Benefits Report where nonprofit employers can find salary and benefits information. This national report provides comprehensive data on titles ranging from Executive Director through Receptionist by geographic location and budget size.
More information can be found at http://content.opportunityknocks.org/ok_research/wage-benefits-report/

About Opportunity Knocks: Opportunity Knocks is the national nonprofit Job Board, HR Resource and Career Development website exclusively on the nonprofit community. For Nonprofit professionals, http://www.OpportunityKnocks.org is the premier destination to find nonprofit jobs and access valuable resources for developing successful careers in the nonprofit community. For Employers, http://www.OpportunityKnocks.org is the best way to find qualified nonprofit candidates and receive valuable information that nonprofit organizations need when building successful recruitment, retention and human resource strategies.

Contact: Lynne Norton, Opportunity Knocks, 678-916-3066 or lnorton(at)opportunityknocks(dot)org

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