Congregations as Employers of Choice
An employer of choice is an organization known for being a great place to work: it is part of their brand identity to be a desirable employer. Sure, it often has something to do with salaries and/or benefits, but it always goes beyond that.
In the world of UU congregations, what does it look like to be an employer of choice? Which of our congregations are first-rate workplaces and why? With the mantra "Start as you mean to continue" in mind, we're in the process of developing an Onboarding and Orientation Checklist to help congregations get their new hires off to a healthy, happy start. Every new staff member in a UU congregation deserves a warm (dare we say "radical"?) welcome; a basic orientation to church policies and procedures; a clear explanation of benefits eligibility and enrollment windows; and the initial support, direction, and tools they need in order to feel comfortable and successful in their early days and weeks of work. Do I hear an amen? Do you have a role to play in helping make this happen in your congregation?
If you have words of wisdom or success stories (or experience with what
to do) that you think would be helpful to us in outlining best practices for welcoming staff, please send them to
, Compensation and Staffing Practices Manager.