This National Volunteer Week, Start a New Tradition at Your Company

Say "Thank you" to your employeesComing up in a few weeks is National Volunteer Week, traditionally a time for nonprofits to recognize the value and impact of their volunteers. But this is also a great opportunity for you to recognize the employees who volunteer and make a difference in your community. After all, your engaged employees add value for everyone in the company, and their dedication provides a great example for everyone else to follow.

Ideas for Recognizing Employees

A great way to show employees that you value their dedication is to provide opportunities for them to amplify their impact, through programs like Dollars for Doers, matching grants, and VolunteerRewards. Generally these are seen as incentives for employees to get involved, but they also provide recognition of the importance of volunteering.

You can make your employees feel extra special if you also publicly recognize the nonprofit recipients of your employees’ time and grants. After all, these are causes and organizations that your employees care deeply about, and it will mean a lot to them to have you acknowledge that.

Examples of Great Employee Recognition

  • Old National Bank¬†recognizes stellar employee engagement by bestowing a Volunteer of the Year award annually. Read about this past year’s honoree here.
  • Doug Conant, former president and CEO of Campbell’s Soup Company, has some very specific ideas about how to treat employees, including writing handwritten thank you notes acknowledging their contributions. This spirit carries through to the employee volunteering program and their “Extraordinary People, Extraordinary Moments” program.
  • AT&T’s well-known employee volunteer program, AT&T Cares, shakes things up for National Volunteer Week. Their special National Volunteer Week Contest gives employees a chance to present their favorite nonprofit or volunteer project. Thousands of employees then vote, and AT&T grants funds to the winning projects ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • Similar to Old National Bank, Nationwide Insurance also awards a Volunteer of the Year, and provides a $5,000 grant and two extra vacation days to the dedicated winner.¬†Additionally, Nationwide gives $500 grants to employees that serve on nonprofit boards and to organization where employees volunteer for 25 hours or more per year.

This April 15-21, think about starting some new traditions at your company, and show your employees you appreciate their volunteer work.

How does your company recognize the dedication and impact of your engaged employee volunteers?

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