We’ve been working through an employer supported volunteering policy for DETA. We’ve got a number of socially enterprising people who spend a portion of their own time in the community doing various things, and felt it was a pretty good thing to support from a ‘good employer’ perspective… looks like there are a number of large corporates like BNZ and Westpac. A bit of digging reveals though that there are other benefits to volunteering in a business that we hadn’t really considered…
PWC wrote this report with some key findings around using volunteering as an employee engagement mechanism – a 2010 study conducted by the Corporate Executive Board found that employees most committed to their organizations put in 57 percent more effort on the job—and are 87 percent less likely to resign—than employees who consider themselves disengaged. This appears especially prevalent in Millenials, of which DETA is 80% made up.
So what sort of stuff are we doing? Well, we’ve got Community and Sports Administration Board Members, free energy audits for selected charity organisations, a number of IPENZ Futureintech ambassadors… and more to come.
Does your business encourage volunteering? We’d be keen to hear about how its improved your own, or your employees, engagement, team work, or overall business performance. Or, if you have any ideas on what sort of volunteering you think we should do, we’re all ears!