Now, no one is saying that charities are employing on the “Sports Direct” model. But nevertheless this short termism affects staff, clients and the organisation.
A specialist grant body has estimated that role redundancy and termination of individual contracts happens somewhere in the sector every day of the year.
The impact on services and the organisation is almost always negative. Staff start looking for the next job. The more marketable individuals frequently jump ship early. Morale dips and stress increases for those remaining.
But in over 60% of short-term contracts the funder renews the contract!
Career coaching contracted staff
One of the tools they use is to hire a career coach to work with groups of staff affected by the end of project. The coach’s object is to help the individuals explore their attitude to change and look at the opportunities, as well as the threats, this brings.
This can be done by providing support to improve and strengthen individual CVs in preparation for the next round of job applications (internal or external). They can also provide confidence boosting tips and advice to upgrade their interview skills.
They also report reduced early loss of good staff, continued quality of service and a higher standard of preparation for internal recruitment.
Building career coaching in from the outset
Making provision for such a tool in bids for project funding will further demonstrate the charity's understanding of the value of it's workforce.