This week we celebrate volunteers on #VolunteerRecognitionDay, Thursday, April 20th. This is a topic near and dear to my heart as I always seem to volunteer for something and I LOVE it! At The University of Scranton I have volunteered to chaperon more the 12 service trips. It has been the most eye opening opportunity for not only me, but the more than 100 students I’ve traveled with.
So you may wonder, why would an employer encourage volunteerism by their employees?
According to Andrew Troop in his piece “How a Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone,” research consistently shows that employees are the happiest and most likely to stay at companies that are innovative, align with personal values, offer opportunities for growth and development, cultivate and encourage collaboration and teamwork, and foster an environment where employees feel inspired and play an integral role in making a positive impact in the world.
In other words, inspired and engaged employees equal happy employees. The idea of developing a strong company culture and increasing employee engagement efforts to attract and retain top talent is nothing new to HR professionals. Be it flexible work schedules and environments, unlimited paid time off, education subsidies, mechanisms to spotlight great work and provide praise and everything in between, organizations are focusing their efforts on the overall wellbeing and engagement of their employees. That said, according to Gallup’s U.S. employee engagement numbers for June 2016, only a third of workers are engaged with their job.
To read the entire article go to http://resources.microedge.com/corporate-social-responsibility/how-a-corporate-volunteering-program-benefits-everyone
Volunteering has helped me grow as a person. I’ve visited SBDC’s in other areas and I learned about the communities I’ve visited. In one way or another I’ve brought my new insights back to share. It’s been a win-win.
Whether you pick up trash, paint a house or travel the globe you are helping others and thus helping yourself become the best version of you.
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