Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
“We just don’t have time to properly train our volunteers.”
“I don’t know what they need to know.”
“I told them where to stand and what to do. That’s enough, right?”
“Nobody ever shows up, anyway. So we just canceled it.”
We’ve all talked to leaders who have given up on the idea of an orientation training for volunteers. (Maybe you are one of those leaders.) Whatever the reason: lack of interest, fear of failure, laziness, or not enough time, I want to encourage you to build a rabid culture around training your vols. When you are committed to the onboarding process…
- You help vols understand the why behind the what.
- You connect a volunteer’s task to the grander story.
- You kill off incorrect assumptions or old habits about what it means to serve.
- You lower the risk of frustrating your vols when they don’t know what to do.