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Getting volunteers to... volunteer

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Written by John Berry on 23rd September 2020. Revised 27th October 2020.

4 min read


Getting enough volunteers with the right skill-set is huge problem for volunteer-reliant organisations. Here we describe a simple three-step model that is useful in understanding the volunteer recruitment problem, and its solution. Managers of volunteers must continually engage in recruitment. Their aim must be to get ‘the right people in the right jobs, always’.

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Establishing the manager-employee relationship

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Written by John Berry on 30th May 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.

1 min read


• Introduction to management - interventions, outcomes and the use of a feedback model to drive action.
• How firms come about and the role of entrepreneur, leader, manager, contractor and employee.
• Understanding contracts and the nature of the various contracts available to the manager.
• Introducing the psychological contract and the way social action changes contractual relations.

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Fostering innovation and changing culture

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Written by John Berry on 30th May 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.

1 min read


• Defining innovation and the role of innovation in achieving competitive advantage.
• Understanding how people come to innovate.
• Understanding why it's essential to get the right culture to have employees innovate.
• Defining culture and how to express and drive culture change.
• Determining how to achieve innovation in an organisation.

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Setting reward - practicalities of pay and benefits

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Written by Sue Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.

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• How people think about pay and reward.
• The link (if any) between motivation and pay.
• Setting out a pay and reward policy, structure and system for a firm.
• How to evaluate jobs and set relative pay.
• The benefit of benefits and the idea of total reward.

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Winning staff commitment and job-engagement

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Written by Sue Berry on 30th May 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.

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• Understanding how people (HRM) practices determine personal and organisational outcomes.
• Learn methods of gaining employee commitment to the organisation.
• Learn the definition of motivation and how people become motivated and on what motivation depends.
• Learn methods that the manager can use to ensure the employee's engagement with their job.
• Understanding how to design management interventions to effect change in organisational outcomes.

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Motivating and setting objectives to drive performance

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Written by John Berry on 28th May 2019. Revised 26th October 2020.

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• Defining the performance of a worker in a job and establishing the link between motivation and performance.
• Revisiting the role of the job and job design on motivation.
• Understanding the role of the job description in objective setting.
• Introducing some theory of objectives and the natural human desire to strive to achieve goals.
• learning practical goal setting and introducing the reality of performance appraisal.

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