Creating a Cash Flow Business Model for Your Nonprofit

When your best employees leave your agency, the turnover can easily leave you in the lurch, but is there a way for you to give them the option of coming back if their new position doesn’t work out as well as they’d hoped?

Many human resources professionals enthusiastically say yes.

Now, more than ever, when employee pools are glutted with workers it is difficult for employees who have left a nonprofit- even if they know they were highly valued- to ask for a job back, even if it’s only been a few weeks and they know that no one has been hired or promoted to replace them.

By extending an informal verbal invitation to the employee in their exit interview – during which you can learn some of the most valuable feedback about how your organization treats employees and how that affects employee retention – you can create an open door policy that shelters your employee (and you!) if their new position doesn’t work out.

While not every employee should be offered your agency’s open door policy, employees who have excelled and successfully propelled your agency forward are an asset you worked hard to develop, and they should be treated as such. Because it takes time and resources to develop a new employee, which can hurt your overall mission if the match doesn’t work out, it is always easiest to keep the employees you have.

When extending the invitation, make sure to keep certain criteria in mind:

Does this employee have a proven track record of productivity?

Are they dependable?

Will it be hard for you to fill their position after they leave?

Have they developed strong working relationships with other people throughout your nonprofit?

Would their return be welcome?

For employees who leave a job and then find that their new position isn’t nearly as satisfying as their old position, an open door policy and a personal invitation to come back if it doesn’t work out creates a strong sense of community that, even if they don’t come back to your agency, they will reflect back on your agency in the way they talk about you.

Read more about how one organization’s open door policy has benefited them here.

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04/27/18 7:24 AM

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