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Reason no. 10
The reality of their experience was not what they expected when they signed on.
Reason no. 9
Employees treated them as an interruption, not as welcome (and anticipated) help.
Reason no. 8
Veteran long term volunteers wouldn’t let them into their “insider” group.
Reason no. 7
They did not see the connection between one day’s work and another.
Reason no. 6
They did not know how to tell you they wanted to leave.
Reason no. 5
They made a suggestion that was not acted on, or responded to.
Reason no. 4
The atmosphere was impersonal, tense or cold.
Reason no. 3
The physical environment did not support their efforts.
Reason no. 2
No one smiled at them.
Reason no. 1
They were underutilised.
© South Dublin County Volunteer Centre – 2001
Adapted from “Managing Volunteers a step by step guide” by South Dublin County Volunteer Centre