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Dealing with difficult volunteers

Dealing With Difficult Volunteers

  • Sometimes volunteers behave inappropriately

  • Although confronting volunteers can be difficult, it is necessary

  • For the good of your program, problems must be addressed


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Types of difficult volunteers

    • Under-performing volunteers

    • Over-reaching volunteers

    • Disruptive volunteers

    • Misconduct by volunteers


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Under-performing volunteers

    • Are the goals or responsibilities for this volunteer included in their work plan or job description?

    • Does your volunteer policy provide for volunteer performance reviews?

    • Does this volunteer need more training, or a reassignment?

    • How will the volunteers performance affect your organization or project?


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Over-reaching volunteers

    • Is the scope of volunteer’s duties or authority outlined in job description or policies?

    • Do policies specify what volunteers are not allowed to do?

    • Could this volunteer be given more authority or autonomy in another, more appropriate role?


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Disruptive volunteers

    • What about this volunteer’s behavior is disruptive?

    • Could this be resolved with a conversation or reassignment?

    • Is this a major issue or a minor irritation?


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Misconduct by volunteers

    • This should be outlined clearly in volunteer policies and procedures

    • Include a list of behaviors that will not be tolerated and the resulting disciplinary process(es)

    • This information should be reviewed during orientations

    • Depending on the severity, may warrant immediate dismissal


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Some strategies for having the conversation

    • When possible, point to written policies and job descriptions

    • Avoid having the conversation when either party is emotional or angry

    • Use a “feedback sandwich”- start and end with a positive feedback, suggest improvements in the middle of the conversation

    • If the volunteer is staying with your organization, have concrete steps to correct problems


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Dealing with Difficult Volunteers

  • Discussion:

    • What problems have you encountered, and how did you deal with them?

    • Do you have any concerns about current volunteers?


Wrap up and next steps

Wrap Up and Next Steps

  • Now that you have completed this session, what are your goals for making your program stronger?

  • Write down one to three additional steps for improving supervision, and then share these with you neighbor


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