Annual Charity Pulse survey of voluntary sector now open

Charity employees are urged to complete the questionnaire, which includes a section on working relationships and addresses key subjects such as morale and pay

Charity employees are being urged to take part in Charity Pulse, Third Sector’s annual survey about working in the voluntary sector.

The annual poll, which is run in conjunction with Birdsong Charity Consulting and is in its seventh year, covers subjects such as morale, work-life balance and pay.

The questionnaire also includes a section that has a different focus each year: this year’s subject is working relationships among charity employees.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Respondents can participate anonymously or leave their details to be entered into a draw to win four free coaching sessions with Birdsong.

Last year’s survey showed that morale in the sector had hit an all-time low.

Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, said: "I am intrigued to see whether we will have any improvement in morale after the doom and gloom that was found last year. I am hoping we will see some uplift, but it has been a tough year."

In the section on working relationships, the survey will ask if participants would be interested in helping to improve the way people work together at their charities.

Depending on the interest shown in the survey, said Hurst, her organisation might consider setting up some kind of forum or internet resource that charity employees could use to help people at their charities work together more effectively.

She said it could lead to something similar to the Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration, set up by the fundraiser Ken Burnett, which shares the best fundraising ideas. 

To take part in the survey, go to www.bird-song.co.uk/cp.

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