How to retain volunteers: Two simple words to make all the difference!

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Bien joué! 
Goed gedaan! 
Vel gert! 
Bien hecho! 

It doesn’t matter how you say it, but saying well done to your volunteers can make a huge impact! 

Happy workers make for a happy workplace. In a happy workplace, magic can happen. 

Recognising the strong and devoted work ethic in your team and appreciating the small things with a simple ‘thank you’ and celebrating the big wins. With annual award evenings, small gestures, gifts or gifts can make the world of difference to how your team feels.

thank you by preslie hirsch

They’ll feel a sense of pride, not just in themselves, but in the work they do for your organisation. Feeling a valued team member brings a sense of loyalty and knowing the dedication they’ve put into trying to make a difference to your charity’s cause will help them keep fighting your mission together.

Everyone likes to be recognised for their achievement and your volunteers are no different, appreciating and celebrating will go a long way, even if it’s in the simplest form.

There are many ways you can show your gratitude: set up a reward system, host a volunteer recognition event, write blogs or online posts to show your thanks or showcase their work, send a letter to them, or even just a smile and the words ‘you did a great job, thank you’ will do the job nicely.

thank you blocks by courtney hedger

You’ll find by spending just a little bit more time recognising volunteers' hard work and commitment to the overall feeling of your workplace will be relaxed and there’ll be a sense of calm in the air. Welcome to bliss. People feel wanted, they’ll laugh, be productive, and there’ll be comradeship in the workplace to do great things for your cause.

Don’t forget, as we mentioned in our Be Human blog of this series people are 10x more likely to stay in their role for relationships rather than a pay rise. This comes down to being appreciated by others too. 

Whether it be a pat on the back or a full-blown party, take 10 minutes out of each day to notice an achievement and show your volunteers that you appreciate their help.

Want to know more about how to retain volunteers, view our other 3 tips in this series on our blog. 

To read the rest of our series, you can find them here:

1 - Breaking the ice

2 - Be Human

3 - Power of the Digital Age

4 - Two Simple Words To Make All The Difference!

5 - Make it Worth Their Time

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