Ep. 39: Employee Engagement In Not-For-Profits: Harder Than You Think.

It’s been demonstrated through multiple studies that a sense purpose is not only critical to drive a business’ s success, but also for this business to attract and retain talent. 
You can argue that purpose is “a given” in not-for-profits because these organizations exist to serve a specific cause. Therefore, attracting, engaging and retaining employees is easier than in for-profits because the genuine sense of purpose is a “driver”. In reality, employees in not-for-profits work long hours, are underpaid compared to for-profits, and the benefits aren’t usually as good.

I’d been intrigued by this topic for quite sometime and was happy to interview Craig Anderson, President of Student Connections, an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit organization that promotes financial literacy so students can successfully repay their loans.

Today with Craig we will talk about:
– Is it a given to keep employees engaged in a not-for-profit?
– What challenges Craig faced when he joined the organization and changes he needed to make, starting with himself.
– How he measures employee engagement at Student Connections.
– What impact the level of debts Millennials experience will impact the workplace.

Note: you can follow Craig on LinkedIn, Twitter and Student Connections on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook.

This episode is brought to you by Fusion Alliance. Fusion Alliance delivers holistic solutions fusing together data, digital and technology to redefine customer experiences and move your ideas to execution. That’s why businesses across multiple industries have relied on Fusion’s expertise and partnership for over 25 years.

If you want to send me feedback, suggestions for future topics or guests, you can reach me at svincent@exsummit.com or on Twitter @eX_Summit.

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