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.
How do you develop engaged leaders among your employees? You might be surprised to hear that one effective method is through your volunteer program.
For over a decade, leading companies have worked to make their community engagement programs more strategic. In this post, VolunteeMatch President Greg Baldwin shares his thoughts on why so few have succeeded — until now.
For nearly 20 years, VolunteerMatch has connected good people with good causes. From our launch in 1998 to date, we’ve grown to support a community of over 110,000 nonprofits, over 7,000,000 registered volunteers, and over 100 companies. Today, we’re the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network. To illustrate the reach of our network we created this “sweet” video.
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.
Corporate volunteer program managers may struggle with aligning group volunteer events with employees’ schedules and interests. Volunteer shifts gives employees the freedom to sign up for a volunteer event as it best fits their preferences, without you having to manually manage individual schedules.
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.