When you set clear expectations, your volunteers will feel confident, knowing that they’re doing it the right way and not having to guess. They will feel a sense of accomplishment when they meet the deadlines you’ve set for them, which will help them avoid burnout.
Deadlines give people purpose because they’re progressing towards a tangible goal, and they also give you, the leader, an opportunity to execute the third step, rewarding them.
#3 Find creative ways to recognize and reward your volunteers.
When you set clear expectations, it’s important to recognize and/or reward your volunteers for following through with them.
In our careers, our companies can communicate how valuable we are through compensation, but when communicating how valuable our volunteers are, we have to be more creative.
Public recognition or even meeting one on one with volunteers to communicate how good of a job they’re doing can work wonders in keeping your volunteers feeling valued, happy, and motivated.
Be intentional about this. Intentional recognition will help you retain volunteers, keep happy volunteers, and attract more volunteers than you thought you needed.
If you’re having trouble thinking of ways to reward your volunteers on a low budget, try some of the following: