Employer-sponsored volunteering has become an increasingly popular trend among small and large companies in recent years. The reason is simple: employee volunteering can be extremely beneficial for all involved. This includes the people for whom volunteer services are performed (i.e., the community), employees, and employers. Companies benefit because volunteering can improve their image, create brand recognition, and improve cohesion among employees. Similarly, employees benefit because volunteering can improve interpersonal skills, reduce isolation, provide fulfillment, and improve community services people use.
Employer-sponsored volunteering is a beneficial endeavor and employers who have not already done so should consider developing their own volunteer programs. Managing a volunteer program does require commitment from employers. Employers will need to set volunteer guidelines for employees to follow and may need to assist employees in finding volunteer activities in which to participate. Before beginning a volunteer program, employers should carefully consider what type of volunteer program would function best in their company, and learn about the various resources that exist to assist them in developing and maintaining a volunteer program.
Types of Volunteer Programs
There are several types of volunteer programs, and often the program employers select depends on the size of their company and community. Examples of employer-sponsored volunteer programs include the following:
Volunteer resources that employers can take advantage of include the following:
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