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November 2021   Volume 19, Number 11      

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Consider Volunteer Work as an Employee Benefit

Volunteer work not only helps individuals and communities thrive, but it also has a positive effect on the workplace.

According to a study by business management consultant company Deloitte, encouraging and promoting volunteering boosts employee morale, improves the workplace mood, and enhances employee and client perception about the company.

The study found 89 percent of employees think organizations that sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment. Plus, 70 percent believe volunteer activities are more likely to boost staff morale than company-sponsored happy hours.

Despite the possible benefits of volunteering, only 40 percent of employees said they can volunteer for programs through their employer.

To create an employee volunteer program, pay attention to community and employee needs:

  • Decide what your community needs.
  • Ask your employees about their interests.
  • Match your volunteer program to your business objectives.
  • Get buy-in for the program from executives and department heads.
  • Partner with local organizations to help you with volunteer efforts and to provide the support you need.
  • Keep track of the number of employees who participate; the hours of time they donated; the amount of money raised; and the number of organizations served.
  • Reward and recognize employees who participate with awards such as gift cards.

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In this issue:

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Impact on Business of Growing Interest in Paid Family and Medical Leave

Ways to “Carve-Out” Group Health Plan Savings

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Raises Questions for Employers and Legal Scholars

Telehealth Education: Good for Employees’ Health



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