Every day, all over the world, thousands of corporate employees volunteer time and talent to help make a difference in their communities. The trend that began a few decades ago has grown to be something that corporations recognize as not only beneficial to residents and organizations in their communities, but a benefit to employees as well.
Wondering how this helps with workplace engagement? Here’s how:
1. Volunteering gives your employees purpose
Feeling involved in a cause helps to give life meaning. Employees that volunteer with their co-workers feel more positive about their workplace. These positive feelings can only help to boost morale and productivity.
2. Volunteer programs help with recruitment and retention
When employees are engaged and feel proud about where they work, they will stay longer. These programs can often times attract better talent that want to be part of a giving culture. These programs can also be a great introduction to volunteering for people who have never done it before, helping to reinforce camaraderie amongst employees.
3. Volunteer programs allow opportunities for leadership and skill development
Allowing employees to take part in activities that do not utilize the skills used at work gives them the opportunity to try new things and develop new skills.
Also, as employees become more engaged with a given cause, they may choose to manage events and recruit other volunteers. Managing volunteers is a great way to develop leadership skills and learn how to be a better communicator.
While every corporation’s approach may differ, the one guaranteed result is that employees will be engaged and have the opportunity for greater workplace happiness.