Mindful Moments in the Workplace

Mindfulness (n) is defined as the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.

The average full-time employee works 2,087 hours a year. The average full time, nonprofit employee works that many hours, and then some, along with statistically lower salaries and typically high stress work environments. Add in financial, social, and familial obligations and it is a recipe for burnout.  One of the best methods for avoiding the dreaded, and all too frequent, burnout among nonprofit employees is by increasing emotional intelligence and mental focus through mindfulness practices. Check out these five workplace practices to help make those 2,000+ hours more focused, more enjoyable, and more mindful.

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Advocacy in 2018

How to be a better advocate

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New year, new goals. Is there a spot for advocacy on your 2018 to-do list? There should be.

An advocate is a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Whether you are making the case for take-out over home-cooked or arguing either side of the Affordable Care Act you are advocating. It is an innate skill, and an important one to hone. As nonprofit professionals, we likely have a cause (or many) that we care about deeply. We may work for organizations that take stands on particular policies and issue areas. Millennials are less likely to vote than any other generation. Only 50 percent of 18-29 year olds turned out to vote in the 2016 presidential election. We owe it to our communities, workplaces, and ourselves to have our voices heard.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a better advocate:

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in YNPN

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Our organization is a proud member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and because of that, we send a few board members to their annual members’ meeting each year. This year, in addition to the meeting, the Center offered the first session in their educational series Beyond Tolerance: How nonprofits are leading diversity, inclusion, and equity in Oklahoma. Supported by YNPN of OKC, Jade Owen and I were fortunate to attend this opportunity.

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