Archive for April, 2011

Employee Orientation: Nurturing New Hires

Posted on April 14, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It costs a lot of money to recruit qualified applicants, interview them, check their references and then come up with an offer that they are willing to accept. You don’t want them to quit because the process would have to begin all over again.  You also don’t need problems on the job because an employee did not understand your rules.  The best thing to do is make sure that all new hires go through orientation. Unfortunately, many non-profit organizations are short staffed and spend more time making sure that all government paperwork regarding new hires has been completed properly.  This is a mistake.  Kenise Etwaru-Singh is Director of Human Resources at The Doe Fund (  She says,“We have a full fledged orientation program, twice a month.  Every other Monday, new employees report to our conference room.  First we play a game to break the ice.  The game really gets people to open up and from there it all flows very well. Then one of the HR reps shows a slide presentation about The Doe Fund and explains our policies and procedures, which include benefits.  After that we take photos of everyone for use in our New Hire Announcement.  Following the photo session, a representation from either Chase or Citibank explains our direct pay system and helps everyone complete the paperwork.  After that, we have lunch.”   The Doe Fund even gives out tote bags, cups and notepads to new hires so that they feel welcome.  But what if your organization cannot afford this type of investment? What is the bare minimum  amount of information new hires need to get off to a good start?  Etwaru-Singh believes that “every good New Hire Orientation Program must include a summary of benefits, discussions regarding sexual harassment, confidentiality and conflict of interest.  In addition, each new hire should get a company handbook and sign a document which says that he or she did receive it.” Clearly, you don’t need to spend a lot of money.  Just make sure that your information is clear and well presented so that the new hires leave feeling comfortable and invested in the organization.

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Organization selected represents hope

Posted on April 4, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

We are very pleased to announce that Ray of Hope Community Church’s community development plan to establish a Freedom School was selected for our Incubator Project.  Ray of Hope Community Church is located in Nashville, Tennessee and led by Pastors Rev. Dr. Martin Espinosa and Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems.

There were applications and interests from a spectrum of causes from domestic violence to camps.  Ray of Hope Community Church’s community development plan to establish a Freedom School was selected because of its strategic vision and potential transformative impact on the educational, cultural and social landscape of Nashville.

There is tremendous energy and excitement about this project.  We can envision classrooms, enrollment, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and nurturing the genius of all the young minds in attendance.  There is also great expectation that the establishment of a Freedom School in Nashville will represent hope, change and better alternatives for children and youth.

The Incubator Project Team and the Ray of Hope Community Development Team have already begun working together.  We have created our project plan for the year and launch plans to establish a Freedom School are underway.

We will chronicle our Facebook page and website with our journey.  We will provide pictures, blogs and videos of our process so you can participate and help us change the world – one cause, one company at a time.

HR4NON-PROFITS is located in Bartlett, Illinois.  The Incubator Project is the giving back arm ofHR4NON-PROFITS.

Theresa A. Dear

Founder & CEO


Incubator Project


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