Encouraging and supporting employee volunteerism is beneficial for the community and the overall well-being and satisfaction of your workforce. By fostering a culture of giving back, organizations can create a positive impact while boosting employee engagement and loyalty.
Lead by Example
Leaders and managers must lead by example to inspire their employees to volunteer. When executives and supervisors actively volunteer, it sends a powerful message that giving back is valued and encouraged. Leaders can share their volunteering experiences, organize team volunteering events, and highlight the impact of their efforts. By showing genuine passion for community service, leaders become role models and create a culture that fosters employee volunteerism.
Offer Flexible Volunteer Opportunities
Recognize that employees have diverse skills, interests, and schedules. To accommodate varying needs, provide various volunteer opportunities that employees can choose from. Offer one-time events, ongoing projects, virtual volunteering, and skills-based volunteering options. Partner with local nonprofit organizations and provide a list of recommended opportunities, making it easier for employees to find causes they are passionate about. By offering flexibility, you empower employees to contribute in ways that align with their interests and availability.
Provide Paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO)
One of the most effective ways to support employee volunteerism is by implementing a paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy. This allows employees to take paid time off to engage in community service without worrying about work-related obligations. By providing dedicated VTO, you emphasize your organization’s commitment to social responsibility and employee well-being. Consider granting a certain number of VTO hours per year or organizing company-wide volunteering days where employees can participate together. Investing in VTO demonstrates that volunteerism is valued and integral to your company’s culture.
Recognize and Celebrate Volunteer Contributions
Recognize and celebrate employees’ volunteer contributions to showcase your appreciation and foster a sense of pride among your workforce. Highlight their efforts through internal communications channels like newsletters, social media, or company-wide meetings. Consider establishing a recognition program or an annual award for outstanding employee volunteers. Additionally, encourage employees to share their volunteering experiences and impact stories, further inspiring their colleagues to get involved. Celebrating and acknowledging employee volunteerism reinforces the culture of giving back and motivates others to follow suit.
By encouraging and supporting employee volunteerism, organizations create a win-win situation. Not only does it positively impact communities and causes, but it also boosts employee engagement, satisfaction, and overall well-being. Start small and watch the ripple effect as your employees make a difference in the world around them.
This blog was previously published on May 23, 2023 at AnnittraAtler.org
Throughout her 26-year career within the APS School District, Annittra Atler has used her linguistic skills to promote and encourage diversity. She is TESOL endorsed and a Childhood Development Role Model, in addition to being recognized as a District Leadership Team member. Annittra has served as Assistant Principal, Facility Principal, Principal Support Specialist for Special Education, and Associate Superintendent of Special Education.
Annittra’s talents lie in her ability to bridge the cultural and linguistic gaps as a liaison between the Special Education Department and the Department of Language and Cultural Equity. Annittra is known for improving student performance and well-being through collaboration. Annittra gave a presentation at the National WIDA conference, The premier conference for educators of multilingual students in prekindergarten through grade 12. She expressed her passion for advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her teaching method is founded on the unwavering conviction that all students can learn given the proper circumstances, which includes an encouraging environment, strong leadership, a committed and dedicated educational team, a supportive community, and a loving family.
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Annittra Atler is the associate superintendent of special education for Albuquerque Public Schools. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of special education.
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