Philanthropic initiatives are proven to keep employees engaged, reinforce company pride and, of course, help those in need. Since there are only so many hours in the work week that realistically can be devoted to volunteering, it’s all about after hours and encouraging employees to volunteer on their own time.
Here are some suggestions for motivating your employees to give back after work or on weekends:
Offer Incentives & Recognition
Some larger companies reward employees who volunteer with comp-time and paid days off. Although this may be difficult for a small company, allowing someone to leave an hour or two early for volunteer work should be manageable. And, recognizing employees’ good deeds through company emails, newsletters and press releases provides the encouragement and acknowledgement necessary to continue making a difference.
Make it easy and convenient for employees to donate their time and talents by providing them with the proper resources. This could include a list of established partnerships the company may already have with any charitable organizations, a directory of local and national nonprofits whose missions align with the company’s or a calendar of upcoming community events where volunteers are needed.
Lead By Example
As a business leader, you know the importance of setting a good example for your staff. Share stories about your own after-hours volunteering. If others see how much you enjoy being generous with your free time, it will inspire them to do some giving back of their own, too.
Explain to employees that by getting involved and volunteering new opportunities open up to meet people beyond one’s office, neighborhood or industry – another added bonus of volunteering – while expanding their networks through new connections that can enhance and increase their personal and business success.
We want to hear from you! How do you encourage your employees to give back after hours? What good deeds do you do that inspire your employees?
What happened in October? Find out now! Visit last month’s Business Forum – Ready… Set… Refresh – Time Off Is Essential to Job Performance – and our poll where we asked you which form of “time off” is most beneficial to your job performance. The results are quite interesting!