What if I told you that I know the reason a full 33% of your employees don’t participate in your giving and volunteering program? You’d act quickly to remedy that barrier right? Well, thanks to America’s Charities Snapshot 2017 Report, we do know the reason. And it’s not that hard to remedy.
Not all volunteer opportunities are located in safe areas. In fact, sometimes the most meaningful giving happens in dangerous places, such as providing relief to areas recently affected by natural disaster. When these opportunities arise, it\'s always important to ensure your team is safe and well taken care of.
Historically, there has been a disconnect between purpose in personal and professional life. In your personal life, you choose how to incorporate purpose — such as helping your neighbors, volunteering for a specific cause, or donating to a local organization. At work, you just do tasks related your job — right?
Employees who are passionate and driven are a huge asset to any organization, but when so many employees are passionate about so many causes close to their hearts, how can CSR professionals manage this against their core objectives and corporate values?
Team-building is a great reason to volunteer. But that’s only part of the equation. Not everyone enjoys volunteering in the same way. By restricting your company’s volunteer initiatives to a few large events per year, you’re also restricting employees’ individual passions and skills.
According to Dale Carnegie Training, companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%. Surprising? It’s simple: when your employees aren’t engaged, they aren’t productive. But volunteer programs can bring people together, give them purpose in their work, instill pride in your company, and increase their conviction that your company is doing something worthwhile in the world.
Managers of employee volunteer programs often say they aren’t seeing high enough participation rates within their volunteer initiatives. Based on what he has seen and heard, Caleb Dow of Porpoise explains a few reasons why their programs might not be working – and how to fix them.