Have you thought about volunteering with your co-workers before? According to the 2017 Deloitte Volunteerism Survey, there are many benefits to having employees volunteer together.
Most employees found that volunteering together is a better morale booster than other company events like happy hours. Almost 90% of respondents found that companies that offered opportunities to volunteer had better, more positive work environments than those who did not. Overall, employees felt that it gave them a sense of purpose and was a great team-building exercise.
Planning and executing events where employees are volunteering in the community is a great way to advertise an organization’s values. These events are an opportunity to network and find new clients and future employees. They are also useful in that they boost the organization’s reputation as most employees prefer companies that offer volunteering opportunities.
The Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering can increase social skills. Developing these skills, while working with others to make a difference for the common good, can bond people together. Once this sense of teamwork and connectivity is created, it can easily be carried over into the workplace.
- Build the brand
Employees who feel empowered by their organization and believe in its values are proud to tell people about where they work. This in return promotes a positive brand image for the company.
- Long-lasting benefits
Improving relationships at work can improve the employee’s productivity. Teamwork makes the dream work.
- Improve employee attraction and retention
Volunteering can provide an escape from daily routine and commitments. A moment’s escape can energize you, boost creativity and give newfound motivation.
- Doing good is good for you
A little break to chat with coworkers and give back to a worthy cause make people laugh and smile, and they return to their work feeling uplifted. Aside from leaving with a feeling of happiness, volunteering programs give employees a sense of empowerment and pride.
- Give time, gain time
A study conducted by Cassie Mogilner found that when we volunteer, we feel more capable, confident, and useful. You’ve accomplished something positive, and you’re confident you can again in the future.
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