I think it’s safe to say that most people today are experiencing some level of anxiety, uneasiness and stress about the state of our economy. With job losses mounting at a rapid clip, retirement accounts and property values evaporating just as fast, it’s no wonder. And the negative impact this is all having in the workplace is challenging many companies to find new ways to keep their employees happy, productive and engaged.
One powerful and cost-effective strategy your company can leverage is a formalized employee volunteer program. A strategically aligned program not only helps your employees develop new skills, it helps to boost morale and teamwork among employees. At the same time it helps to address the growing needs in the nonprofit community.
According to a February 2009 survey of major US corporations conducted by The Conference Board, 45 percent of companies surveyed anticipate dedicating more resources this year towards their volunteerism programs. This is great news. Unfortunately, volunteer programs remain absent from the vast majority of businesses today.
Don’t let today’s economic climate keep your company from enhancing, enriching and transforming the lives of your employees and those in your community. Now is the perfect time to invest in a traditional or skills-based employee volunteer program.