We are asking for your predictions and insights this month for the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. Please take the trends survey now.

As of right now, 415 nonprofit staff have completed the survey.

We are asking a new question this year: Do you feel overworked, underworked, or is your workload about right?

The preliminary results show that you are more likely to feel overworked if you are in a management position versus a junior staff position. You are also more likely to feel overworked if you work in marketing/communications versus fundraising/development. 


How nonprofit staff in all positions answered (all respondents):


How those who work in marketing/communications answered:


How those who work in fundraising/development answered:


 How those in management positions answered (including communications, development, program and executive directors):


How those in junior staff positions (e.g. communications or development coordinators or assistants) answered:



Given all the recent chatter about the crisis in retaining good development staff, I was a little surprised that more fundraisers didn’t say they were being overworked.

On the communications/marketing side, I strongly believe that the reason so many feel overworked is that they lack clear guidance on how to make good communications choices. There are simply too many ways to communicate now and not enough thoughtful culling through those choices.

What do you think about these results? Is this worth talking about among your staff? Share your reactions in the comments.

And don’t forget to take the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey!