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Let Vega Mala Consulting help you improve how you work through human resources management and strategic assessments.

Our consulting services generally fall within the following categories:

 

 

 

Human Resource Management

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Hiring, Inspiring, Retiring, and Firing

Nonprofit organizations, especially the 85% with annual budgets less than a million dollars, struggle to stretch limited capacity to meet their mission-related needs, and staff are a highly valuable resource. Getting the right people on board and keeping them on board takes intentionality. How do you deal with a difficult employee without demoralizing staff? Our assessments will help you employ effective practices from identifying your staffing requirements to recruitment to interviewing and hiring, all the way through staffing transitions.

Team-building Facilitation

Great mission + great leader + great staff = great outcomes, right? Functional teams, like all relationships, take time and effort to build and to sustain. Could your team learn how to be more productive together? Handle interpersonal conflict well? Would you like to see less turnover, absenteeism, “presenteeism”? Building strong, sustainable organizational teams takes intentional practice and a chemistry that is built through trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and a shared vision. We’ll help your team build a shared language and culture that fosters successful outcomes.

Workplace review, recommendations, and implementation support. Leadership and management best practices are routinely updated as we learn more about workplace culture, motivating people, and the physiology of our brains at work. As a leader your focus may be on the current campaign, the organization’s budget, or having a greater impact. While you know that a productive, innovative, and thriving workplace is critical to your organization’s success and sustainability, you may be at a loss about how to stay abreast of and implement emerging best practices. We’ll work with you and your staff to take a pulse of your workplace environment and help transform it into the place where everyone wants to be and work – from reviewing health & safety risks, office design, and personnel policies to reflect current legal and best practices in work culture, to coaching you and your staff on better meeting facilitation, improving concentration and teamwork, and transformative practices.

Performance Assessments

Board, executive director, and staff assessments. Increase your organization’s effectiveness by inspiring your staff and making individual assessments valuable. A 360-degree assessment can be a learning opportunity that highlights and centers the value and contributions each person brings to the organization, as well as a tool for accountability. We’ll help you design and conduct engaging assessment that moves your organization forward. enable individuals to create a capabilities plan and chart their progress over time. We’ll also highlight common barriers to individual performance, as well as coach you through difficult people issues.

Policies and Legal Compliance

Compliance assessment. While you work on making the world a better place, you may have overlooked some best practices or compliance areas, We’ll conduct a compliance assessment (aka internal audit) to help you identify red-flags and take care of issues before they cause your organization problems. Do you routinely hire consultants? Are most of your employees exempt? Do you know when you have to pay overtime? Are your interns performing programmatic work? Are your office staff complaining about sore shoulders, tingling fingers, or headaches? Are you wanting to fire someone? If you answered yes to any of these, you could probably benefit from a review.

Personnel Policies, Employee Handbooks, and New Hire Orientations. We help you review or develop value-driven personnel, informative employee handbooks, and successful new hire orientations.

 

Strategic Guidance

Whether you’re polling your constituency, or developing your program goals and outcomes, or looking for your best options, we’ll save you valuable time by doing the legwork for you. Our expertise includes excellent searching capabilities as well as quantitative and qualitative surveying techniques. We’ll provide insight and recommendations, so that you can focus on making the best decision or taking the best action for your team, organization, or partnership/collective.

  • Community needs assessmentAs communities change, the assumptions you made when you started may have changed. And some changes can be best or only observed from the outside. We’ll help you get a periodic pulse on the changing attitudes, behaviors, and conditions influencing or affecting your communities, so you can continue to target your resources effectively.
  • Promising practices review/resource guide. A comprehensive and customized guide to the current literature and resources on a particular topic – from current evaluation models to best practices in forming strong collaborations – can help you make informed decisions swiftly. We’ll do the research and provide you with annotated reviews of materials, so that you can make your decision and move forward with implementation.
  • Decision-making criteria development and matrix. We’ll identify, review, and contextualize information critical to charting your best course of action and provide you with a matrix to help you decide on and implement appropriate organizational changes.
  • Program evaluations. What difference are you trying to make? How do you know if you’ve made it? How do you measure progress? And what could you do better? Whether it’s uncovering the underlying assumptions of the change you’re trying to make, mapping and tracking your resources and activities to the outcomes you seek, or understanding your impact, we’ll help you to articulate the change you’re making. Beyond using tools such as theory of change, logic model, and social return on investment, we’ll also help you set up a sustainable framework for measuring and increasing your impact that is based on your organization’s stages of development and lifecycle.

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