The twin labour disruptions among volunteers and paid workers is bringing about a rapid evolution in how social purpose organizations design, deliver and manage community-essential activities, programs and services, leaving more people vulnerable as demand rises.
In communities across the country, volunteering is down, and some sectors such as sports, the arts and frontline community services are hit harder than others. The paid labour market is under immense pressure as well. Demographic changes, financial challenges and economic uncertainty continue to impact hiring, training and retaining workers in the non-profit and charitable sectors.
These disruptions are not some passing ‘future of work’ trend. They represent deep systemic workforce challenges that have to do with power, transparency, wage equity, lack of labour market data, mentorship, and structural racism
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