As an employer, you strive to develop a team that is committed to service and performance excellence; showing enthusiasm and initiative in every aspect of their employment. You recognize that each person has a unique contribution to make to your organization and that their potential represents the future of your company. You know your greatest resource is your people. Developing an onboarding process that will familiarize and integrate new employees into the workplace and the community is a very effective way to build commitment and maximize retention. Take the following questionnaire and see how you can improve your current new hire process.
Having motivated, challenged employees who see that they're making a difference in their work places and in the community generates positives for employers and their customers, as well as for community organizations. All of this results in a higher quality of life for all residents within the community.
Employer-Supported Volunteering (ESV) is one the most cost-effective methods for businesses to demonstrate commitment to their community while at the same time achieving positive results with the triple bottom line: financial; environmental; and social. Employer support for volunteering creates a win-win-win situation in which businesses, employees and their community gain. Click on our assessment tool below and evaluate your ESV health!
Companies that invest in and facilitate employee volunteerism:
• are more attractive to prospective employees
• are recognized as connected and responsible enterprises
• see increased consumer loyalty due to their enhanced reputation
Employers gain a more highly skilled workforce:
• employees develop new skills and enhance existing ones through their involvement and investment in their community
• skill acquisition and enhanced team work capacity are equivalent to more traditional forms of training/team development activities
Employees whose employers support their involvement in the community:
• are more loyal to their employer
• enjoy greater job satisfaction
• stay longer, reducing the expense of recruiting and retraining replacements
• exhibit increased morale and motivation, which lead to:
o improved customer relations
o increased sales and profitability
Employer-Sponsored Volunteerism provides opportunities for employees to:
• feel engaged and integrated in the work place and in their community
• feel that the community, the company and its management care about them
Employees who volunteer gain job-related skills and competencies necessary to enter, stay in, and progress in a business environment. Some of these skills are:
• communication skills - written and verbal
• organizational and time management skills
• ‘people’ skills - caring , listening, negotiating, conflict management
• accountability and reporting
• planning skills - short and long term objectives, budgeting and expenses
• survival skills - stress management, personal priorities
• leadership and team building - collaboration, creative thinking, influencing
• presentation and public speaking skills
Volunteer participants develop positive attitudes about work and society including:
• more innovative responses to difficulties
• increased understanding of calculated risk-taking
• greater appreciation for benefits provided by employers
• greater awareness of contributions from all levels of the organization
• a stronger sense of personal capability and worth
• enhanced sense of community and social obligation
• increased understanding of co-workers and respect for diversity
The community benefits:
The ability of communities to provide sports, art, history and cultural programming that enhances the richness of the community life for all age groups hinges on the availability and commitment of volunteers.
Community life is enriched through the involvement of employee volunteers:
• organizations have access to more human resources with a wider variety of skills
• able to consistently deliver health, education, environmental and social services
• offer more and improved programs and services of benefit to employer, employee and existing citizens
Everyone benefits from Employer Supported Volunteering! Support your employees in getting involved. Support them in Volunteering!
And it is easy to get started. As an employer, you have many options.
Sponsor group activities.
Choose which community projects you would like to support. Consider:
Encourage individual volunteering. Make it easy for them to get involved. Offer:
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