Everyone agrees that volunteerism is a good thing. So why do so few people in the workforce population volunteer? One of the biggest reasons according to Business News Daily is not enough time and a lack of understanding of the impact. This is where employers come in. When a boss not only preaches volunteerism to his employees but makes it possible on the clock, good things happen. There are many reasons why workplace volunteerism is beneficial to both employees and employers.
To have a well-functioning business, well-functioning employees are essential. Volunteerism is proven to have many health benefits to individuals. Longer, healthier lives, sense of purpose, career growth, and the establishment of strong relationships are all listed by Psychology Today as products of volunteerism. Employees who are provided time by their jobs to volunteer are likely to involve their families with volunteerism, which allows them more time with their families. Beyond being essential for employee well-being, volunteerism can improve health, create better leaders, and boost staff morale.
Boosting staff morale by itself is a strong reason to promote volunteerism. If it will make the company more productive, it’s a no brainer. But according to PR News, volunteerism does a lot more than just boost productivity. It is good for the community and good for company public relations. If a company organizes a volunteer event in the community, its employees not only get out and engage with the community, but the community also recognizes that brand as caring about more than numbers. They care about people. This, in turn, promotes better business, which Forbes noted, going so far as to say that volunteerism increases revenue because employees who spend time seeing the benefits of volunteerism have higher engagement on the job.
In order to encourage employees to volunteer, employers first need to set up a program that allows them to volunteer during work hours. Some companies offer a certain amount of paid work hours for volunteerism per year. Most importantly, employers need to explain the personal, intrinsic benefits of volunteerism to employees and ensure employees understand the tangible difference they have the opportunity to make in society.
By promoting volunteerism among employees, employers can help make a difference in productivity, culture, and the community. Encouraging volunteerism and getting involved themselves is a great way to show your employees you care about them and their potential impact on the world.