How to Manage a Non-Profit During a Pandemic

  • As a manager, that consideration for others can mean delegating tasks in a way that prioritizes social distancing measures and healthy routines for employees.
  • For many non-profits involved in public service, sending workers home to do their work isn't always an option.
  • To keep clients in the loop, let them know that your company is still going strong during the crisis and that you're committed to doing your best even when your abilities are being tested.

As global events go, the Coronavirus pandemic is the kind of once-in-a-generation challenge that can test the mettle of even the sturdiest business. For non-profits, especially, COVID-19 has presented some unique obstacles to traditional management methods. Fortunately, there are ways to steer the ship of your company towards calmer waters even in the face of stormy seas and intimidating crosswinds. Here are just a few great methods for managing your non-profit during this tough time and come away better for the experience.

Be sure to set up a good hand-washing policy and establish rules for cleanliness in the office.

1. Consider Your Employees’ Strengths

In a pandemic, it is almost redundant to say that the health of the people under your charge is paramount. As a manager, that consideration for others can mean delegating tasks in a way that prioritizes social distancing measures and healthy routines for employees. For example, a company that can have at least some of its employees work from home should consider the benefits of such a proposition. Not only will keeping workers at home keep your office safe, your company will also probably get just as much work done. In fact, many people working from home report higher levels of productivity.

2. When Working From Home Isn’t an Option

For many non-profits involved in public service, sending workers home to do their work isn’t always an option. But there are ways to make sure that an office or other workplace is a safe place to be for everyone. For example, try creating a new seating plan at work that gives employees six feet of space to social distance between one another while they complete their daily assignments and other tasks. Also consider implementing a good face mask policy that prizes health and safety for your workers. Finally, be sure to set up a good hand-washing policy and establish rules for cleanliness in the office. (For example, having employees wipe down their desks with disinfectant at the end of the day can do much to promote a healthy workplace.)

3. Keep Your Clients in the Loop

The COVID crisis has been confusing for everyone, and leaders of non-profits need to be able to keep their clients in the loop during this trying time. To keep clients in the loop, let them know that your company is still going strong during the crisis and that you’re committed to doing your best even when your abilities are being tested. Your clients will appreciate it, and you’ll rest easy knowing that your business is moving forward to better days. Newsletters are a great way to update your circle of clients on what measures you’re taking to keep your company at the top of its game, but don’t hesitate to make personal phone calls to keep clients updated and check in on how they’re doing.

4. Create a Good Self-Care Routine

As a manager, you’re probably used to putting the needs of others ahead of your own. And with the Coronavirus outbreak on every manager’s radar in 2020, it’s easy for business leaders to forego their usual self-care routine in favor of doing extra work to meet deadlines and keep clients happy. But the truth is that even the most resilient leaders should maintain a healthy set of daily or weekly activities to keep themselves happy and healthy.

The truth is that even the most resilient leaders should maintain a healthy set of daily or weekly activities to keep themselves happy and healthy.

Undoubtedly, we’re living through a very stressful period of history, and you’ll probably want to be sure that your stress-management skills are in tip-top shape to see you through this time of crisis. Whether it involves eating a healthy diet or maintaining a good exercise schedule, you’ll do right by your employees and clients by staying healthy and positive. If you do feel burned out at times, there is nothing wrong with developing a new self-care routine that keeps you feeling great. As the great Winston Churchill once said, “Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.” Wise and prescient words indeed!

5. Overestimate Your Pandemic Response (Even If You’re Wrong in the Long Run)

For many businesses during the initial lockdown, a major blunder occurred in the process of responding to the crisis when managers misjudged the length of the outbreak itself. In fact, it was the managers who planned six months (or more) ahead who really came out on top for their employees. While a Coronavirus vaccine might be available later this year, a good manager can prepare their company’s COVID response by overestimating the problem. The virus might be gone come 2021, but there is nothing wrong with creating a safety and development plan that extends into 2022. That way, you’ll be prepared for any outcome that heads your way. After all, it’s sometimes better to over-plan than to under-plan.

Over the last six months, the Coronavirus outbreak certainly has taken most businesses by surprise, but top managers know that seeing their charges through thick and thin is an opportunity to develop personal growth as a business leader and build new skills in the process. The pandemic has created many unique challenges, to be sure, but after the Coronavirus, you’ll have great business skills that will last you a lifetime. Every problem afterwards will seem like a trifle. Truly, this is a time for great managers to shine!

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Paige Walter

Paige Walter is a PR Specialist and content creator. She attended the University of Memphis where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.0
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