Talking about recession 'improves morale'

Charity staff happier when bosses discuss downturn, Third Sector/Charity Pulse survey finds

Charity bosses who do not talk openly about the effects of the recession are fuelling disquiet among their staff, interim findings from this year's Charity Pulse poll have shown.

The charity employee survey, run by Third Sector and Birdsong Charity Consulting, found staff whose managers were keeping quiet about the economic downturn had lower morale and were more likely to leave.

In organisations where bosses talked openly about the recession, 64 per cent of staff said morale was high and 67 per cent said they intended still to be with the charity in a year's time.

But in charities where bosses remained tight-lipped, only 15 per cent of employees said morale was high and 43 per cent hoped to leave within a year.

Staff in charities that were not open about the recession were also more likely to be worried about job security and their charity's future.

The interim findings are based on responses from the first 416 people to take part in the Charity Pulse survey, the UK's biggest annual poll of what it is like to work in the third sector.

To take part in the online survey, which runs until 24 April, click here.

Third Sector will reveal the full results of the poll later this year.

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