When someone volunteers to help a nonprofit, you might assume that they have the best intentions. However, that isn’t always the case. Some volunteers may provide unethical or unlawful services to an organization. Embezzlement, sexual harassment, and endangering other volunteers for staff are just a few examples of how bad volunteers can damage your organization and its reputation.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to better manage your volunteer program. Here are a few tips to help you navigate bad volunteer management and, hopefully, weed out the worst of the bunch before they cause trouble.
Run Background Checks
This is an absolute must in today’s society. Every potential volunteer should undergo a comprehensive background check to look for potential red flags. This takes on even more importance if they will be managing finances or interacting with children or vulnerable adults.
Conduct Training and Monitoring
All volunteers should undergo an official onboarding process that covers company policies and rules, as well as the penalties for violating them. Full training for the duties they will perform will help you lay out expectations and spot any potential problems early. Performance should continue to be monitored throughout the volunteers’ tenure with your organization.
Even with solid recruitment, screening, and training processes, bad volunteers can slip through. The right insurance can help minimize your organizational responsibility for any misdeeds of a volunteer.