After reading the recent Ready to Lead report on nurturing
the next generation of talent in the nonprofit sector, I’ve been doing a lot of
thinking on the report’s recommendations about what nonprofits and their staff
can do to improve the process. One tool that I think could help the process
tremendously is online portfolios, which have benefits both for the
organization and for staff.
What is an Online Portfolio?
An online portfolio (also known as an “eportfolio” or a “digital portfolio”), is a collection of employee information that is maintained online. It includes records of the individual’s work history, competencies, credentials, and work samples and, done well, can provide a comprehensive picture of each employee’s talents and strengths.
There are a variety of free tools available that can be used to set up and maintain an online portfolio and because the portfolio is digital, it can be accessed anytime, anywhere. It also allows people to share a much wider range of information about their work, including multimedia, and some of the capabilities of these tools allow organizations to more easily and effectively recognize and manage staff talent.