5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Organizationplanning ahead // on Monday January 9, 2017
Wow, 2016 flew by and we’re already making our way into 2017. Chances are you set personal resolutions for 2017 and are working on keeping up with those. Although we often focus on personal goals for the new year, I challenge you to set a few goals for your organization as well this year.
Below are a few ideas for new year’s resolutions you can set for your organization:
1. Revisit – and revise – your safety plan. Safety plans can include child safety, emergency response procedures, first-aid kit must-haves, employee and volunteer safety, and facility safety. Take a moment this year to revisit your safety plan, update it as necessary and review it with your staff and volunteers. Don’t have one? No worries – we have the resources you need to create one.
2. Implement, or strengthen building usage practices. Establishing consistent and clear building usage policies will help reduce your risk of liability and safety issues when you share your facility with outside groups. If you do already have policies in place, take a moment to review and update them to fill in any gaps.
3. Eliminate fire risks. Fires can be devastating to your organization and the people it serves. Start the new year off by walking through your facility and eliminating any fire risks you may see. This could include moving combustible materials away from a heat source, testing all fire alarms and extinguishers to make sure they are working properly, and having security measures in place to prevent arson.
4. Step up security. Churches and nonprofit organizations are often targets for crime and violence. This year, strengthen your organization by updating your security measures both physically and digitally.
5. Make energy-smart building updates. In 2017, consider taking a different – and efficient – approach to your facility’s energy use. By following these simple energy-smart tips, you can save money on your energy bill and help the environment.