Monday, November 4, 2013

5 Mistakes Of New Nonprofit Employees

So you finally got that nonprofit job. You might think the hard part is over but in reality the first few weeks at a new employer can be the hardest.

Whether you are working at a nonprofit job in New York or Iowa, you will find, as a new employee, that there is a lot on your plate. The choices you make in your first few weeks on the job will determine whether you will be successful.

The technical aspects of the job -- your duties, etc. -- are hard enough, but it's how you behave in your new environment that can ultimately make the difference. That's why all new employees should avoid these five potentially job-killing behaviors:
  • Ignoring the Organizational Culture: This is especially important to consider for those who are new to the nonprofit sector. Pay attention to how your co-workers act, and adjust your behavior accordingly.
  • Arrogance: Nobody likes an employee who thinks they know everything and this is especially true when you have yet to prove your worth. A little humility in your dealings with co-workers will go a long way.
  • Blending In: On the flip side, it's also not good to be perceived as avoiding responsibility or ignoring your new co-workers. Start making connections from day one.
  • Not Admitting Mistakes: There's nothing wrong with making an error but there is something wrong with not admitting it. As the old saying goes, the cover-up is worse than the crime.
  • Not Asking For Feedback: After one month on the job, you should ask your supervisor for a brief meeting so you can find out how you are doing. This will show that you are open to feedback and are committed to doing the best job possible. 


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