Firstly, what is Employer Supported Volunteering?When a business makes the effort to establish a volunteering scheme or policy that allows their employees the flexibility to volunteer during work hours. It can be facilitated a few different ways, such as providing paid leave for employees to volunteer at certain charities or events. A business might go the extra mile and establish a partnership with a local charity, working closely with them and providing them with their expertise and staff in order to benefit the local area.
How does volunteering benefit your business and employees?To put it frankly, it shows you and your business care about your local community. While volunteering should not be done only for good PR, it certainly does benefit your business, as consumers are paying more attention than ever to a business’ sustainability and ethical practises. If there is a non-profit that you recognise your business could support very well or that tackles an issue you are personally very invested or affected by, there is very little downside to working with your staff to find a good way to support another organisation.
How are you re-investing into your local area and people?By forming relationships with your local charities, your reliability to provide an honest product or trustworthy service is shown in your willingness to help those in need or charities that don’t always have the funds or knowledge to update their infrastructure. Working with charities can also widen your personal and professional network. Charities often work with many different providers and corporate supporters to raise funds and provide their services. By engaging and forming close working relationships with non-profit organisations, your small business may find the opportunity to form relationships with similar businesses or significant individuals in their industry. Giving your employees the financial freedom and option to take paid leave to volunteer highlights how you are taking the time and resources to invest in them as individuals. It gives them the time and flexibility to spend on causes that may be personally important and spending the time volunteering provides a change of environment and routine. It is time that not only could potentially revitalise your staff members but also benefits the program they choose to support. You might also be interested in: Engaging UK Professionals In Meaningful Volunteering
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