More Than a Caring Personality: Factors Affecting Staff Retention in Non Profit Organisations in Ireland

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/617869
Title:
More Than a Caring Personality: Factors Affecting Staff Retention in Non Profit Organisations in Ireland
Authors:
Mahon, Elaine
Affiliation:
Project Manager of a European youth project; Freelance Trainer and Consultant in Development Education, Human Rights, Equality and Interculturalism
Citation:
Mahon, E (2016) "More Than a Caring Personality: Factors Affecting Staff Retention in Non Profit Organisations in Ireland?" The Irish Social Worker Spring 2016, (p. 45-50).
Publisher:
Irish Association of Social Workers
Journal:
The Irish Social Worker
Issue Date:
1-Mar-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/617869
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Non Profit organisations pursue social missions in providing services to marginalised groups. People attracted to this work usually wish to ‘make a difference’ and available research highlights their attachment to fulfilling the organisational mission. This article seeks to understand factors affecting retention as explored with front-line Project Workers in homeless services. The current socio-economic context in Ireland has heightened pressure in these services due to resource shortages alongside increasing demand. In these circumstances, relying excessively on mission attachment can result in burnout and turnover. This article seeks to identify other factors which motivate employees including organisational culture, management and personnel policies. The findings show that employee’s’ employment experience is mediated primarily through social relationships. When human resource policies are brought to life through organisational culture and management approaches, workers feel supported to continue this demanding work and thus maximise the benefit of this extremely valuable resource – staff - to their organisations.
Keywords:
HOMELESS; SOCIAL WORK; MOTIVATION; ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE
Local subject classification:
ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMahon, Elaineen
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-03T14:47:20Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-03T14:47:20Z-
dc.date.issued2016-03-01-
dc.identifier.citationMahon, E (2016) "More Than a Caring Personality: Factors Affecting Staff Retention in Non Profit Organisations in Ireland?" The Irish Social Worker Spring 2016, (p. 45-50).en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/617869-
dc.descriptionNon Profit organisations pursue social missions in providing services to marginalised groups. People attracted to this work usually wish to ‘make a difference’ and available research highlights their attachment to fulfilling the organisational mission. This article seeks to understand factors affecting retention as explored with front-line Project Workers in homeless services. The current socio-economic context in Ireland has heightened pressure in these services due to resource shortages alongside increasing demand. In these circumstances, relying excessively on mission attachment can result in burnout and turnover. This article seeks to identify other factors which motivate employees including organisational culture, management and personnel policies. The findings show that employee’s’ employment experience is mediated primarily through social relationships. When human resource policies are brought to life through organisational culture and management approaches, workers feel supported to continue this demanding work and thus maximise the benefit of this extremely valuable resource – staff - to their organisations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Association of Social Workersen
dc.subjectHOMELESSen
dc.subjectSOCIAL WORKen
dc.subjectMOTIVATIONen
dc.subjectORGANISATIONAL CHANGEen
dc.subject.otherORGANISATIONAL CULTUREen
dc.titleMore Than a Caring Personality: Factors Affecting Staff Retention in Non Profit Organisations in Irelanden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentProject Manager of a European youth project; Freelance Trainer and Consultant in Development Education, Human Rights, Equality and Interculturalismen
dc.identifier.journalThe Irish Social Workeren
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