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Managing volunteers may be more challenging than it appears. People who sign up to volunteer are often motivated by some personal reason or devotion to a particular cause. However, human beings are imperfect and their dedication and commitment can fluctuate based on changing moods and life’s multiple priorities. Managing a group of volunteers requires a few effective strategies.
Creating Reminders About the Initial Commitment
By virtue of not being paid for their work, volunteers may treat their obligations with lesser priority. Tardiness and leaving the task midstream are common challenges associated with volunteer positions. Although many volunteers are conscientious, their day-to-day actions may vary, delaying the completion of important projects.
The most effective way to address these problems is by creating a regular routine that continually reminds the volunteers of their initial reasons for signing up. Volunteer reminders may include pictures and other visual images displayed on desks, walls and the surrounding areas of the people the volunteer organization is seeking to serve. Assisting the poor, the disenfranchised and other groups can be brought to the forefront of volunteers’ minds when relevant pictures serve as instant reminders.
Establishing Incentive Plans
Keeping volunteers committed to their tasks can be enhanced by establishing a rewards system. Recognition awards for excellent work and gift certificates to favorite stores may encourage some individuals to maintain their commitments when their motivation is at a low point.
Holding encouragement circles is also an effective strategy. In such activities, volunteers take turns praising one another for specific qualities they have displayed throughout the volunteer project.