To volunteer or not volunteer? If that’s your question, then your answer is simple. It’s a yes.
Starting a volunteering programme in your organisation can offer big benefits for both your team and your bottom line.
People who volunteer tend to be more satisfied with their lives because they’re connecting with people and learning skills, according to the OECD Better Life Index1.
‘Giving’ triggers your brain’s reward pathway, which helps explain how one study found ‘givers’ were 42% more likely to say they were “very happy”.2
Helping others is also related to improved physical health, including weight control, lower blood pressure and relief from depression and chronic pain.3
The benefits of volunteering are there for companies too, including:
Studies show the more a company gets involved in worthy causes, the more engaged its employees are4, which can help your productivity and the bottom line.5
91% of Fortune 500 HR managers agree that people volunteering their professional know-how helps them to develop key business skills.
Millennials aren’t just looking for a good employer, but employers that do good too. In the US, Millennial employees who participate in a company’s volunteer programme are twice as likely to rate their work culture as “very positive,” as compared to those who don’t volunteer.6
Volunteering connects you with your customers.
Volunteering programmes provide you with an opportunity for your company to connect with your customers in the community, and earn their respect.
Volunteer programmes come in all shapes and sizes, from team volunteer days to providing staff with one paid day a year they can donate to a cause. When starting your own programme consider how it aligns with your brand values and workplace culture. Also think about how to get and promote senior level buy-in.
If you need advice with how to connect with an organisation looking for volunteer help, visit volunteeringnz.org.nz.