Volunteering = Happy Employees

In 2020, more and more businesses are understanding and embracing the benefits behind strong corporate social responsibility initiatives. A big piece to success? Engaging employees in volunteering!

Corporate volunteerism is obviously beneficial to the non-profits receiving help. But companies who are volunteering together are seeing monetary savings, a reduced turnover rate, and increased productivity and employee contentment in the workplace.   

Gordon Food Service employees volunteer to cleanup Roosevelt Park

Trends show that employees increasingly prefer a work environment that encourages community betterment – especially the millennial generation.

While some businesses address this with charitable donations, employees are expecting more. They take pride in being a part of organizations that are active. 

America’s Charities Snapshot Employee Research survey found that 71% of employees want to work in an environment that supports volunteering. Working for a company that aligns with one’s personal values is gratifying and corporate volunteer programs fulfill that need for purpose.

Corporate volunteering also allows employees to utilize their skill sets in meaningful ways, while simultaneously building other abilities such as emotional intelligence, active listening, empathy, adaptability, creativity and stress management.  Volunteer programs also help employees develop leadership skills, resulting in greater employee engagement.

According to UnitedHealth Group’s 2013 Health and Volunteering Study, corporate volunteering positively affects emotional, mental and physical health. 

Employees remain engaged in their work and have better relationships with their colleagues as volunteer work allows different departments to interact more frequently and in a deeper manner.  This creates a work culture that emphasizes collaboration and teamwork, an additional factor in creating the ideal workplace for employees.

Happy employees tend to stay with their employer, reducing the turnover rate and in turn providing companies with significant savings.  Employee Benefit News found that hiring a replacement worker when an employee leaves costs 33% of that employee’s annual salary. To put this into perspective, an employee earning an annual salary of $45,000 a year has a replacement cost of approximately $15,000.

As you can see, the research shows that investing time and money in corporate volunteer programs is worth the effort. Companies that choose to develop effective corporate volunteering programs will definitely see their employees become happier and more effective workers.  

If your company is looking to expand its social responsibility efforts, we hope you will consider investing in the parks and trees in your community! Contact our volunteer coordinator Claire at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to talk about options!



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