By Beverly Davis
The Importance of Corporate Volunteerism
Helping others is in our DNA. Perhaps that’s why more than one billion people volunteer globally. It’s at the core of our relationship with others.
Working together for the larger community fosters positive psychological relationships. It can reinforce collegial associations even after everyone returns to work, because they’ve contributed to a goal that’s meaningful and has lasting impact. By working together in the community, the entire organization is demonstrating that it wants to live its values in a way that has a positive return for everyone, both inside and outside the office walls.
When you establish group volunteer days as an ongoing part of your company culture, these shared experiences become part of what it means to work at your company. Seventy five percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier when they volunteer, as well as have a stronger connection to their employers. The mental and emotional benefits of volunteering are even greater, with 93% reporting an improved mood, 79% reporting lower stress levels and 88% reporting increased self-esteem when they give back.
Across all age groups, more than 70% of employees want their company to make a positive impact both socially and environmentally. Almost three-fourths of employees who volunteer through work report feeling better about their management, and 91% believe it is important for an employer to allow their staff to volunteer on paid time.
When trying to identify a volunteer opportunity, it’s vital that you align with a mission that you are passionate about. Look into the organization and their cause. Make sure they are aligned internally.
You and your team should have fun with your volunteer experience. This is your time, make sure you enjoy the task, the people and the cause…or at least two out of these three! Sometimes we’re willing to do an unpleasant task because the need is there.
Volunteer for an organization that appreciates your efforts. Yes, they should thank you repeatedly. They should also have meaningful tasks for you to do and let you know how often they will need your services. Every organization has lulls in their schedule. If they respect your time and talent, you will get a lot more out of the experience.