General

November 15, 2011

Employees benefit from Employer Supported Volunteerism by enhanced morale, increased motivation and job satisfaction, and have a more positive attitude toward their employer. Volunteering enriches personal skills like problem-solving. Volunteering is proven extremely beneficial to the health of those engaged in it; it creates better immune system functioning, lowers stress levels, helps in the retention of mental acuity, and heightens sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Businesses benefit from Employer Supported Volunteerism by demonstrating commitment to the community, enhancing their reputation, increasing consumer loyalty, and attracting prospective employees. Employers whose employees volunteer gain a more highly skilled workforce as a direct result of volunteering: the skill acquisition and enhanced team work capacity (collaboration, communication, creative thinking, influencing). Increased morale and motivation have also been proven to increase customer relations which pay off in increased sales and profitability.

Employees contribute in a wide variety of activities: one type of ESV project may coordinate a team effort – one day (or half day) building, painting and repair projects; park clean ups; and a great variety of other projects. Other example are providing recognition to their employees who volunteer, or coordinating a Volunteer Fair for their employees; or helping with community special events and holiday celebrations. It can be a simple as posting volunteer opportunities in the lunch room or via internal newsletter or email networks.