This isn’t a situation that is unique to the not for profit sector - there are many tales, both true and of the urban myth ilk, that report employees doing similar things in retaliation for workplace dissatisfaction.
So what can we learn from this?
Connection to mission. NFP staff are passionate about their work - if they weren’t, they’d be working in the corporate world and earning 20% more. They want a CEO and leaders who are connected to mission and passionate about what they do.
Staff management. NFP staff value a collaborative culture, rather than a dictatorial top-down culture. They’re passionate, and they want their opinions to be considered and included.
Honesty and integrity. NFP staff value transparent operations. They work hard to bring in much needed funds for the mission, and they don’t want to see wastage.
These are the top three concerns highlighted in the job ad - concerns that a healthy and functional NFP will address regularly through staff surveys, open management discussions, efficient internal communications and collaborative work teams.
As for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, the Board need to seriously consider the allegations in this fake job ad. They may all be false, and nothing more than the ravings of a single disgruntled staffer. Or they might all be true, and representative of more endemic issues in the organisation. Either way, the Board needs to investigate these claims from a purely due diligence perspective as they are ultimately responsible for the performance of the organisation.