As a leader in global development, you know your staff is your most valuable resource. You cannot implement a project, win a proposal or go about the business of improving lives around the world without truly exceptional talent. However, if you are like many aid organizations, you may not devote enough attention, thought and money to supporting that talent, even as they devote their lives supporting those most in need.
In a recent Devex webinar, Staff welfare: Helping aid workers so they can help others, I sat down with Lynne Cripe, director of resilience services at health and effectiveness consulting firm KonTerra Group to discuss why it’s so important for organizations to provide physical, emotional and mental care to their employees and practical tips for how leaders can start the process of building and funding a staff care program. Organizations have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to mitigate risk.
"Happy people make good decisions,” Cripe said. However, the issue goes beyond one of compliance and safety concerns; it just makes good business sense. Stressed staff can impact staff turnover, productivity and morale, which can affect an organization’s brand with potential recruits and funders.
Read on and watch highlights from our discussion for tips on how your organization can get started building a staff care program, creative strategies for funding it without breaking the bank and ideas for better supporting some of your most valuable human resources, project leaders like chiefs of party and team leaders in the field.
Kate Warren is the senior director and editor of careers and recruiting content at Devex. With more than a decade of international development recruitment experience working with international NGOs, consulting firms and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.
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