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What is driving you to change jobs or to leave the social sector?

Do you feel empowered to make decisions in your job? Do you have opportunities to advance your career? Take our survey and let us know.

We all know that bright, committed and creative people join and work in social sector because they are incredibly mission driven. Whether they seek to eradicate poverty, increase the college enrollment rates of low-income youth or fight for the environment, mission is everything. It’s why people join nonprofits organizations and why they will, if necessary, accept lower salaries, reduced resources and changing priorities.

Mission is everything…well, almost everything. Despite this incredible devotion to mission, studies have shown that nonprofit organizations experience significant employee turnover. This churn hurts many organizations and it can affect your career as well.

Why does this happen? We have a number of theories, two of which we’ll explore now with your help. Our belief is that turnover is high because people in nonprofits do not feel that their talent is being adequately developed and therefore their ability to advance is compromised. Another driver creating turnover is the difficulty of many employees to effectively participate in the decision-making processes of their organizations.

Why are these issues so neglected? Our experience indicates that many nonprofits tend to concentrate decision-making power in the hands of a limited number of people. This practice may frustrate staff and cause them to feel disconnected from the operations of their organization. Similarly, the lack of career development can be blindsided by an organization’s drive to achieve results. Too often, staff development may be considered a luxury rather than a necessity.

In order to evaluate these theories we need your help. We need your voice. Commongood Careers and Empowering Work Practices are dedicated to improving human capital practices in the social sector and we want you to be part of that effort.

To drive change, we need data. We invite you to participate in a brief survey that focuses on career development and decision-making. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be confidential.

As an added incentive the first 250 people who answer the survey will be eligible to participate in a drawing for one $50 iTunes gift card.

In addition, all survey respondents will be eligible to participate in a drawing for one of three free two-hour consultations with Empowering Work Practices to examine your organization’s decision making and career planning efforts. Empowering Work Practices is a consulting firm dedicated to fueling organizational growth through practices that generate candor, accountability and results.

Thank you in advance for participating in the survey. We appreciate your time and we look forward to hearing your voice.

Click here to take the survey.

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