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Volunteerism is one of the most common approaches companies take in making community involvement part of their corporate citizenship efforts. Employee volunteers are perhaps the greatest asset companies can leverage when trying to have a positive impact in the communities where they operate and do business. Corporate volunteerism provides great benefits to a community while generating business value in the form of increased employee engagement and opportunities for team-building. Employee Volunteer Programs allow companies to make a difference at a much lower cost than traditional checkbook philanthropy. Nonprofit partners are often an essential part of volunteering that can ensure employee efforts address a critical social need. Volunteer work also provides companies and employees with a hands-on perspective on the good they can accomplish through corporate citizenship. Employer-supported volunteering gives companies a personal presence in the community that its daily operations may not offer, particularly for companies that are not consumer facing. As with all aspects of corporate citizenship, a strategic approach to corporate volunteerism enhances the social and business value it creates.
Engaging employees volunteer opportunities provides individuals with an outlet for sharing their talents. It also grants them an opportunity to build meaningful networks both within the company and with external stakeholders. Empirical research shows consistently that engaged employees feel more positively about their jobs and are more productive. When you employ CSR programs that provide employees with opportunities to develop, challenge themselves, and form meaningful connections to peers within the company and in the broader community, you can help your company reap the benefits of an engaged workforce.
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help with your corporate volunteer programs. Here is a sample of what we offer our members.
Resources and Research on Corporate Volunteerism
- 2015 Community Involvement Study
- Community Involvement Technology
- Research Brief: Skills based volunteer projects increase employee retention
Deepen Employee Engagement with Corporate Citizenship
By engaging employees in corporate citizenship, your company can derive a variety of benefits, including: greater productivity, improved reputation, increased employee retention, and lower cost of recruiting. A recent Gallup study found that 70 percent of U.S. employees are disengaged at work (87 percent of workers globally), and estimates that actively disengaged employees cost U.S. businesses $450–$550 billion per year in productivity losses. Corporate citizenship initiatives, especially volunteer and giving programs, have the potential to increase engagement. This course explores strategies, tools, and leading practices for designing your corporate citizenship with the objective of improving employee engagement.
October 25-26, 2017
San Francisco, CA