These are the Top Ten reasons why volunteers leave, make sure you do all you can to avoid these traps:
- The reality of their experience was not what they expected when they signed on.
- Employees treated them as an interruption, not as welcome (and anticipated) help.
- Long-term volunteers wouldn’t let them into their “insider” group.
- They did not see the connection between one day’s volunteering and another.
- They did not know how to tell you they wanted to leave.
- They made a suggestion that was not acted on or responded to.
- The atmosphere was impersonal, tense, or cold.
- The physical environment did not support their efforts.
- No one smiled at them.
- They were underutilised.
By addressing these issues in advance, you are more likely to see 3 things take place within your organisation:
Increased participation of volunteers
Increased productivity of your volunteers
Increased number of volunteers