Things that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside: cute puppies snuggling with stuffed animals, warm spiced ginger tea and…volunteering. While offering employees free puppies may not be feasible, offering them access to volunteering opportunities can serve as a great tool to attract, engage and retain candidates — millennials in particular.
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Community service days is one of those employee perks that can go a long way in terms of employee engagement. Sponsoring companywide volunteer days is a good way to boost employee morale and encourage team-building at the same time. U.S. Bank, Gap and Intuit are just a few of the many companies today that give employees paid time off to volunteer.
More than 3 in 5 (62 percent) Gen Y respondents in a 2007 survey said they would prefer to work for companies that give them opportunities to contribute their talents to nonprofit organizations.
Not long ago, CareerBuilder partnered with Upwardly Global — a non-profit that helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. — to host a resume workshop for job seekers.
I was fortunate to participate and work one-on-one with a Belarusian research scientist to spruce up her resume. I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding and personally-fulfilling experiences of my life, and I was grateful for the access to the opportunity as well as the flexibility afforded me as the workshop was on a weekday afternoon.
A few weeks ago, some CareerBuilder employees partnered with 826CHI, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center, for a job search and resume workshop for its volunteers and interns.
So whether it’s raising funds or raising awareness or even just raising spirits, offering employees opportunities to volunteer can not only boost engagement but also help a good cause.
Tell us in the comments below: Does your organization offer volunteering opportunities or time off for employees to volunteer?