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Encouraging employee volunteering - the benefits for your business

17th October 2017

Encouraging employee volunteering – the benefits for your business

As part of their corporate and social responsibility initiatives, many businesses are encouraging their staff to volunteer with local charities, rather than just giving a corporate donation.

Is this a good idea? It largely depends on the culture of your business, the number of employees you have and the way you manage your volunteering scheme. It’s certainly a good way of involving yourself with local good causes and encouraging your staff to give back to their local community.

Why volunteer?

For your employees, there are many benefits to volunteering. The charity Action for Happiness gives its ten ingredients for a happy life, all of which can be achieved through volunteer work:

  • Giving
  • Relating
  • Exercising
  • Awareness
  • Trying out
  • Direction
  • Resilience
  • Emotions
  • Acceptance
  • Meaning

For your business, volunteering often brings:

  • Better employee and team relations;
  • Improved local profile;
  • Increased engagement inside and outside the office;
  • More developed interpersonal skills;
  • Greater awareness of what’s happening in the local community;
  • Networking and business connection opportunities.

Choosing your charity

You could either choose to work with a single charity, or you can just give your employees the freedom to decide who they would like to help the most. You can introduce volunteering as a group or individual exercise, perhaps booking a day where everyone helps out with a particular project, or just encouraging people to volunteer at their local sports club, food bank, homeless shelter or health-support charity.

You might want to choose a charity that aligns particularly with your business: a construction firm might look for charities that need building or decorating labour; a marketing agency might work on a literacy project; a clothing manufacturer might choose to work with the homeless. Whatever you choose, take the time to get to know the charity well, to show them that you are committed to working with them, and to understand how you might structure the volunteering so that it helps both you and the charity to make the most of whatever you can offer.

Wise & Co volunteering

At Wise & Co we encourage involvement in our local charity sector and several of our employees give their time to causes that are close to their hearts. To find out more about charitable giving, or if you are a charity that wants to learn more about how to make the most of volunteers, contact us today.


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