Workplace volunteering improves employee morale, bottom line
National Volunteer Week was April 21 to 27. In its 40th year, National Volunteer Week serves to remind everyone of the power and impact of volunteering.
While everyone knows that volunteering makes people feel better about themselves and their communities, few consider the measurable impact. According to the 2010 “Do Good Live Well Study” commissioned by United Healthcare, 92 percent of employees who volunteer report better health and 96 percent say they feel happier.
The benefits of employee volunteerism are endless: it boosts employee morale, helps with recruiting and retention, and enhances the company’s reputation among investors, consumers and the community.
Volunteering motivates employees. When employees give back in a meaningful way for something they care about, they feel connected to their communities and their employers. It allows employees to get to know each other outside of a work environment, providing them with opportunities to work with those or develop new skills that might not have been possible through their job duties.
And it’s not just the employees who benefit. A culture of volunteering helps create healthier communities and improves corporate public image. Businesses that encourage employee volunteering are often viewed as generous, invested corporate citizens. Sponsoring or supporting volunteering shows that your business truly cares about the community and the people with which it operates.
With all of these benefits in mind, Companies With a Mission (CWAM) is sponsoring its annual Indiana Service Challenge. The Indiana Service Challenge is the ideal opportunity for those who have more time than money to give to make a measurable impact on the charities they care about.
From now until May 10, co-workers are encouraged to form teams of three to eight, perform a service project for a 501(c)3 charity, submit a two-minute video or digital slideshow, and answer three questions about their project.
A panel of judges will announce the winners in June, based on how the charity was served, how the workplace team will serve the charity going forward and how the charity will utilize the prize money if that team was selected. In 2013, $200,000 is available — twice the amount distributed last year.
During National Volunteer Week, CWAM is challenging Indiana employees to surpass last year’s registration of 90 teams.
Let’s invest in our communities, workplace and selves by taking the Indiana Service Challenge. Visit www.cwamservicechallenge.com for more information and to register your team.