Support Your Employees’ Volunteer Efforts: Three Easy-to-Implement Ideas

Support Your Employees’ Volunteer Efforts: Three Easy-to-Implement Ideas

By Vitiello Communications Group

Did you know that more companies are encouraging their employees to volunteer, and some are incorporating community service into their mission? In fact, 55 companies featured in Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” this year offer paid time off for employees to serve.

Employers of choice know that supporting their people’s charitable causes and activities not only improves local communities, but also boosts workplace morale and pride. When employees use their skills to benefit others, they spread talent beyond the office building or the manufacturing site and achieve results that improve people’s lives – and their opinions of the companies that promote volunteerism. Some savvy companies align their philanthropy programs with employees’ interests and enroll them in volunteer work that gives a human face to a noble cause.

Even if your company is not on the list of employers that gives folks time off to volunteer, here are three ways to support the causes your people care about:

  1. Expand your charitable giving beyond the holidays. In June, donate books for children and teens at the local library. In August, stuff backpacks with school supplies for kids in need.
  2. Encourage your employees to serve on the boards of industry associations and pay for their membership. It’s a great way to build leadership skills and bring back best practices to your team.
  3. Establish a company volunteer program. At VTLO, the team launched 25 Points of Light. While it initially started as a way to celebrate 25 successful years in business, it has become a way of life. Our program acknowledges all of the great work that our team members do in their communities, and creates a forum for sharing best practices and engaging colleagues.

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