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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Top Ten Ways to De-Motivate Your Volunteers

Dave Ferguson has a great post over at his blog on the valuing of volunteers.  Dave writes:

Jim Collins says that when you have the right people doing the right work you don't really need to concentrate on motivating them - they will show up motivated.  What you need to do is make sure you don't do anything to de-motivate the people on your team.  So, leaders, coaches and staff - here are the top 10 ways to de-motivate your volunteer teams:

1. A sense that their service is not valuable.

2. A sense that they do not matter as a person, only as a "worker"

3. A sense that their contribution is not as valid as others.

4. A lack of community.

5. A lack of connection with a bigger purpose.

6. Poor leadership and management.

7. Poor communication/direction.

8. Lack of appreciation.

9. Failure to recognize them as a donor.

10. Lack of development of them as a person.

If you want more on this - it came from a terrific article, Transforming Volunteers Into Kingdom Laborers put out by Leadership Network.  I think they are right on. What do you think?

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I would like to see top ten ways to de-motivate your staff.

Posted by: Jade | May 9, 2006 10:00:00 AM

One great way to de-motivate volunteers is to post a 10 ten list about them.

Posted by: Pastor B | May 9, 2006 11:45:01 AM

Hey Pastor B, I agree with your sentiment about this, but should we not point out things that are damaging, not just things that are good?

I'm a volunteer in several ministries, inlcuding preaching, and all of these points resound with me, particularly "poor leadership and management".

If you are responsible for volunteers, maybe you should get someone you trust to do an audit of your own area of responsiblity in regards to this list. I think we could all find areas to improve upon.

Posted by: dcypl | May 9, 2006 9:06:07 PM

I would add #11:

Badmouth volunteers to other volunteers.

It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out that such a leader will probably badmouth you too.

Posted by: Billy Cox | May 10, 2006 1:59:31 PM

Jade,
I took time to list the top 10 ways to de-motivate your staff. It may look familiar to some, but I think it is a good starting place. Jay


1. A sense that their service is not valuable.

2. A sense that they do not matter as a person, only as a "worker"

3. A sense that their contribution is not as valid as others.

4. A lack of community.

5. A lack of connection with a bigger purpose.

6. Poor leadership and management.

7. Poor communication/direction.

8. Lack of appreciation.

9. Failure to recognize them as a donor.

10. Lack of development of them as a person.

Posted by: Jay Gainer | May 10, 2006 2:39:15 PM

Why can the church not operate on all volunteers? This would solve the problem of who has value and who doesn't would it now?

Posted by: Rosa | May 12, 2006 2:20:15 PM

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