Rate each of the statements below for yourself as a staff person on the following
0 = Strongly disagree
1 = Disagree
2 = In-between
3 = Agree
4 = Strongly agree
If you are not working with volunteers, try to answer the questions on a "what
if" or speculative basis.
_____1.A team of volunteers-plus-staff can do a better job than staff alone.
_____2.The time and effort I invest supervising volunteers is worth whatever additional
benefits accrue from their service (it's better than just doing it myself).
_____3.Volunteers do things which it is inefficient for me to do and allow better
investment of my time elsewhere.
_____4.Volunteer participation enables me to do additional things I wouldn't otherwise
be able to do.
_____5.I feel I have enough direction/control of what volunteers do, so that they are
_____6.I feel sufficient ownership of the volunteer program generally via my policy or
operational participation in such program functions as recruiting, screening, design of
volunteer jobs, training of volunteers, evaluation, etc.
_____7.Volunteers are well-oriented towards sensitive
understanding of my priorities, concerns, and frustrations as a staff person.
_____8. I receive suitable orientation and training in the special skills and
sensitivities necessary for effective supervision of volunteers.
_____9.As a staff person, I feel I receive enough recognition for effective work in
_____10. Im completely comfortable about volunteers ability to handle
confidentiality or other sensitive work issues.
_____11. Im confident volunteers can be utilized positively to support our work,
rather than as an excuse for cutting our budget.
_____12. (Please put in here and rate, any feature not covered above which affects your
motivation to work with volunteers.)
Raw Total _______________
Multiply raw total by 2 and give yourself 4 more points for being a good person:
Adjusted Total ______________
Your adjusted total can range from 4 to 100 (most positive) for your perspective on
volunteers. Now, answer this last question:
Overall, I feel that my overall rating of my motivation to
work with/supervise volunteers is:
Is there something that might be done to address your motivation to work with
volunteers in any of the twelve areas for which your self-assessment is relatively low?
What suggestions might be helpful to the volunteer program leadership? Use this checklist
as a basis for an action plan.