The Development Source
When hikers get together, they talk about their boots. When chefs gather, they swap recipes. What do grant proposal professionals do? Of course, they often talk about the proposal work environments at their nonprofits.
Grant proposal professionals can learn how to create good work environments by looking at Fortune magazine’s the “2013 Best Companies to Work For.” These companies vary in their size, products, and services, but they have three things on common:
Salaries, benefits, and perks are important, but nonprofit employees also need to feel that they are appreciated. No holiday bonus or annual picnic can replace the feeling that their day-to-day work is valued and that they like working with their colleagues, whom they trust.
If your nonprofit has a good work environment for proposals, you are very fortunate indeed. But if you believe that your work environment needs improving, short of leaving there are steps you can take to make positive changes:
Your goal should be to create a grant proposal work environment where people feel appreciated, trust each other, like each other, and take pride in their work. If you can do this, you are likely to improve the quality of your work by improving the quality of your work environment.
We all want jobs in places where we enjoy coming to work. Figure out how to do this in your own nonprofit to become a happier proposal professional.
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