Third Sector asks what it is like to work in the voluntary sector

Third Sector and Birdsong Consulting have launched Charity Pulse, a major new annual survey to monitor charity employees' views on morale in the workplace, work-life balance, the quality of people management, pay, and much more.

Charity Pulse, aims to build up a much clearer picture of working life in charities and to help charities improve the standard of people management in the sector by getting to the bottom of issues such as why staff turnover in the voluntary sector is on the rise at the same time as charities are lauded in the press as being the ideal places to work.

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to answer and can be completed anonymously, will also look for variances between different sub-sectors, departments, age groups and regions, as well as examining whether flexible working makes a significant difference to job satisfaction.

Charity workers who fill in the online questionnaire will be able to access the results free of charge, and will be entered into a prize draw to win four free coaching sessions and a year’s subscription to Third Sector.

Charities will be able to buy benchmarked results setting their own performance against those of other similar charities. Only half of charities currently carry out any sort of staff satisfaction survey.

The online questionnaire will remain live until 27 April. The survey’s main findings will be reported in Third Sector in July.

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