Getting your business involved in Philanthropy not only leads to a great public image but, more importantly, it makes a difference in the community. The question, however, is how do you get your employees to spend their time volunteering? Below are some suggestions from on how to get employees interested, excited, and on track to volunteer in 2017.
Stand for Something
“It’s good to stand for something, to believe in something and base your business on values.”
Make sure your employees know that your organization believes in making a difference. Do this by emphasizing the organization’s values. Publicize the donations (both monetary and in time) you have given to organizations with similar values. Seeing the overall contribution will motivate employees to get involved.
Start at the Top
Get executive-level employees to set an example for everyone. Getting the CEO, CFO, COO, and executive-level management involved will assist in creating an inclusive philanthropic environment for your employees.
Everything is easier to do in a group. If you can spare a day or two, organize company or departmental volunteer events. This will help those new to volunteering feel more comfortable and those veteran volunteers will learn about new organizations and ways to give back. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Get to know your employees
How well do you know your employees outside of the workplace? Many of them have passions and skill sets outside of their day-to-day work. Take time to learn more about them. Then use this information to help pair them with organizations that match their passions.
Who doesn’t like an extra day off? Many companies have a volunteer policy, either giving employees time off to volunteer, company-wide recognition, lunches, or a combination of incentives. Incentives are nice; however, they work best when there is a spirit of philanthropy within the entire company.
Do you volunteer? Does your organization support or encourage your efforts? Or, are you a manager looking for ways to get employees to volunteer more? Start a conversation and share ideas in the comments!