Here’s why your company should encourage employee volunteerism.
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill
We can’t help but agree with Churchill. In fact we think altruism is good for business! And not just the grand scale big corporate charitable programs—although those are great, for sure. Even the individual employee volunteer efforts are good for your company.
When you encourage and support your employees’ volunteer efforts, everybody wins. Your workforce is happier and appreciative, your company promotes loyalty and brand recognition as one of “the good guys” (Because you are!) and, most importantly, those in need get desperately needed help. Good stuff all around!
Bosses can lead by example.
In 2012, myHR Partner’s president, Tina Daroff Hamilton, went on the journey of a lifetime as a part of a team of individuals on assignment with Global Volunteers in St. Lucia in the West Indies. The group worked to help the impoverished community of Anse La Raye (pronounced Ahns-la-ray) improve health conditions and nutrition for its children. When she returned, she was inspired to share her experience with her team, and our readers. She also saw the benefits of encouraging and supporting volunteerism in the workforce. Employees can feel better about themselves, and their employer. And they can come out of a volunteer experience with a more positive and appreciative attitude. Tina feels so strongly about this, she has signed up to volunteer overseas again, this time in the Dominican Republic, where she will help impoverished families through an organization called The Nicole Reppert Foundation.
One of the many revelations Tina came to after her volunteer trip to St. Lucia:
I have always tried to be a compassionate person, but this trip showed me a deeper level of empathy, and a more non-judgmental approach to life. It was so inspiring! In St. Lucia, we volunteers were simply accepted into a very close-knit community even though we were strangers. We worked hard alongside the villagers who did not judge us by our skin color or clothing or the way we spoke. They only saw our efforts, listened to our words and found our kindness. This made trust and respect grow quickly. We soon were treated as family. It’s simply the way they do things there. Can you imagine what we could do here if we were more accepting of each other?
What could we do, indeed.
Read more about Tina’s Global Volunteer’s experience here.