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HR departments struggle to keep up with charity worker turnover rates

HR departments are feeling the pressure in the charity sector, as staff turnover remains higher than it should be. A recent study has revealed the extent of the difficulties faced in this sector.

Staff turnover in the charity sector is at 16%, down from 20% last year, but still higher than the UK average of 13% according People Count Third Sector, an HR benchmarking study undertaken by Agenda Consulting in partnership with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

Roger Parry, director of Agenda Consulting, said, “Effective HR management is becoming increasingly important for third sector organisations, and the task is set to be challenged further with the coalition government’s public spending cuts.

“A key concern this year for many third sector organisations remains the need to deliver more with less. Many organisations have already had to make tough decisions and will continue to do so as they experience a greater demand for their services coupled with reduced resources to deliver them. The impact of the public spending cuts will also inevitably affect the resources available to organisations in the sector. This, along with some lasting effects being felt from the recession, means the sector is still facing an uncertain future.

Flexible working to help cope with strain of riots

Introducing flexible working could help businesses and employees cope with the difficulties caused by the riots, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD head of public policy, Ben Willmott, urged businesses to take into consideration employees’ safety if they were commuting from troubled areas. A reasonable option that could work in some jobs would be to allow employees to work from home. Of course this depends on the type of work.

The CIPD is seeking to bring about flexible working options that would allow everyone the right to request flexible working conditions. Not just during riots, but in everyday life.

This would of course require careful legislating, because not all employers can be painted with the same brush when it comes to introducing policy.