We know that volunteering counts and companies are increasingly giving their employees opportunities to volunteer within the work hours. This trend is no surprise in the light of the results of Deloitte Volunteerism Survey 2017. 89% believe that companies who sponsor volunteer activities offer a better overall working environment than those who do not.
Employer-supported volunteering help employees to gain social capital, in addition to human capital. This in turn may lead to contacts for future hires, new business partners or ventures, new suppliers, or new customers for the employer. There are many personal benefits as well:
Express important values and build identity
We are what we do. If you believe that you’re a good and giving person, you’ll want to act in accordance with that. If you think that social injustice is a terrible thing, chances are that you’ll want to alleviate it. Volunteering is a way to ‘walk our talk,’ and show what matters to us. 74% of people volunteering feel work-related volunteering opportunities help improve the sense of purpose.
Sometimes it is hard to find a real purpose in our day jobs, but by volunteering one might be able to participate in something that has a direct and tangible impact. Doing good makes us feel good.
Meeting new people is a hugely motivating factor for engagement and success. Research has shown that the opportunity to widen social circles and spend time with like minded people is not only a motivation in starting volunteering, but a crucial factor in continuing. Making new friends is a big benefit for volunteers, whatever they are doing. It’s a great way to meet new people and different people than you might ordinarily, and know that they have some of the same values as you.
Develop new skills
There’s no doubt that volunteering and charity work offers the opportunity to develop new skills in a supportive environment. Teamwork, motivation, commitment and perseverance are all qualities needed in our world, and that volunteers can learn through their experience.
Many people put their volunteering experience on their CV and find that it can help boost employment. Recruiters are willing to overlook certain flaws in the CV´s if they the person has been active on charitable volunteering and can demonstrate learning through it.
Skills-based volunteering is particularly appreciated, so If you’re looking to develop a particular skill, you can try to find a charity that is seeking support and that field, and see if you can help each other out.
The whatCharity team