Employees at non-profits are there because they are passionate about the work they do. They are also often overworked, underpaid, and not well supervised. However, many non-profits also have very strong cultures.
As a new employee anywhere, it's always important to listen first. Probably for quite awhile. Coming in and telling people they need to change what they're doing will usually be met with annoyance if not anger. It doesn't mean there isn't room for change, but you need to be seen as one of the gang first instead of an outsider who doesn't understand anything.
After a couple of months, you can start making suggestions, but most of those suggestions should involve you in some way - a strength you have, a skill, a project you can lead, etc. People who are overworked are not into more work!
Many non-profits know that there's room for improvement but they don't have the time or the resources to do so (or they believe they don't) - so you have to make it as easy as possible and help them see the benefits of the growth.
Last updated Oct 02 '17 at 10:33