EMC328 - Why Volunteers Quit! 6/6
Continuing with 'good' versus 'poor' traits of managers: Good managers seem to have an innate sense of people involvement WITHOUT being aware they are doing it. Poor managers are sure they do, but they do NOT possess that sense no matter how much they think they have it.
EMC326 said "let's recall that it was noted that the loss of participants often occurs with a change in the person managing the program (of volunteers). And, then asked "So, what talents and abilities does the new manager lack that the prior one had?"
EMC326 - Why Volunteers Quit! 4/6
Let's repeat the critical issue: highly skilled professionals (in a variety of fields) who make their volunteer time available (to organizations or government) will do so as long as they feel a sense of making a difference in the program. Once that is lost they leave. This series is a reminder of that and some of the reasons that leads to that loss.
EMC325 - Why Volunteers Quit! 3/6
So, let's look at this more closely and see what can be learned. First, it helps to recognize that an involved volunteer can put an enormous amount of energy into a program. That energy can be creative, managerial, hard working, diplomatic, directive or some other needed aspect that can make a program grow and evolve.
EMC324 - Why Volunteers Quit! 2/6
The prior bulletin said volunteers have an untold variety of reasons for why they do what they do. They "work" because they REALLY WANT to. Their interest in a subject or project IS DIFFERENT than those who get paid to do the same work." To continue:
This is a bulletin series that I've hesitated to write because it is complex. Yet, it needs to be said. So, from the experience of 75 years of physical life, and 63 of volunteering in one endeavor or another, I put it to pen in hopes it will help. If you are a 'picture person' rather than a 'literal person' please recognize this is a literal work. So, if the pictures you get cause problems, please look at the entire series before firing off an angry Email.
The Bulletins are addressed to the Emergency Management Agency (with sub-addresses to others) with the intent that the Radio Officer, ACS Coordinator or other unit participant will deliver them to the agency coordinator, and discuss their topics.
2002-03 EmComm Bulletins
TO: Emergency Communications Units - Information Bulletin
TO: Emergency Management Agencies via Internet and Radio
FROM: Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services