Speaking at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s annual international conference in Atlanta, Ga., Bouknight explained that a nonprofit manager's work is far from complete even after a new employee is bought on board. A good employee is someone who is constantly motivated to do the best job possible so managers should constantly be thinking of new motivational and support techniques.
Bouknight described some of the things to think about as a manager or leader within your organization to motivate and retain employees:
- Intentionally focus on the team and the individual;
- Begin every day by thinking about your team and what you are going to do to support them;
- Select the right people: those who are talented, fit with the culture, bring value to the team, are smarter than you, and like what they do; and,
- Actively listen to your team.