I have heard, “My people are too stressed to plan.” Yes, your people are still stressed, this is true. With a clear process, good leadership and realistic targets, planning can decrease stress.
Planning helps your team have guidance and reassurance. Let your team know:
> What the intentions are and that the plan is flexible due to the unknowns.
> Assure them that the organization is “people first” and will put the treasure of their talent first and will focus on their well-being.
Below are some fundamentals in a time with continued uncertainty.
It is often helpful to bring in an outside facilitator to assist teams with planning and goal setting.
This is one of our strengths at KS Solutions Consulting (virtually or in-person), reach out to us if you would like to discuss this.
- Prioritize people
- Be adaptive & flexible
- Focus on programs that have most impact on those you serve
Involve your board
Stay in touch with funders
Consider your organization's role in racial justice- how can you do better?
Spruce up internal operations
Give yourself grace
The Bridgespan Group has offered helpful articles and tools about nonprofits managing during the pandemic. A few are linked below.
Help from other sources:
Best to you in 2021! We are here to help.