This week is National Volunteers’ week – a chance for organisations and charities to celebrate and say thank you to the millions of volunteers across the UK who support them, but why should it matter to you as an employer?
According to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), one in five people across the UK volunteer on a regular basis, and more than half of the population give their time in some way at least once a year – this means that a significant number of the UK’s workforce probably volunteer alongside their normal, paid jobs.
Businesses that actively promote and encourage employees to get involved in volunteering will reap the benefits. Whether they do this by providing paid time off to take part in such activities or by offering the flexibility around working hours so employees can pursue their volunteering activities.
This is particularly important when trying to recruit from the younger generations (gen Z and millennials) as they are increasingly looking for meaningful and engaging workplaces where they can achieve their personal aspirations as well as their professional ambitions. More often than not this means giving back to their community and having the opportunity to demonstrate their good will.
There are a number of benefits to employers including:
- Improved employee engagement and increased productivity
- Enhanced brand and reputation among the wider community
- Employees improve skills such as leadership, communication and team-working which can complement internal professional development
- Employees will either work with each other in a non-work-related environment or integrate with others who they wouldn’t normally and this can develop team cohesion and acceptance of others from different backgrounds
- Enhanced employer brand meaning it’s easier to attract potential employees and retain existing staff which is crucial in today’s labour market.
So whilst it does tick the CSR boxes, it also makes business sense.
As a firm, we recognise these benefits, not only to us but to our employees too. We also understand the importance of volunteering in our local community and that is why we provide all employees with a day’s paid leave to undertake their choice of volunteering. Whether this volunteering is in the shape of fundraising, undertaking a school governor role or being out and about helping out at events in the local area, it all matters and it all counts towards the CSR day policy.
If you are a business who wants advice on rolling out your own employee volunteering programme or a candidate who wants to find out more about our CSR day policy and other benefits we offer, then get in touch with our HR team.