How Volunteering Can Benefit Your Office

July 25, 2017

 

How volunteering can benefit your office

 An encouraging trend continues to build steam in the American workplace. A growing number of businesses are adopting new social responsibility efforts aimed at helping the communities where they reside. As a result, volunteerism in the workplace has become increasingly popular.

Companies often schedule their community-based efforts around the winter holidays. But that doesn’t have to be the case for all organizations. Here are a few reasons to consider setting up a volunteer event during the dog days of summer.
Volunteer shortages during the summer months
In the summertime, many charities are in need of volunteers due to vacation schedules and other seasonal staffing shortages that occur when schools are out of session. Assisting nonprofit organizations in combating staffing shortages is often greatly appreciated. It is also a nice way to reward the people who dedicate their careers to helping the less fortunate.

Morale booster for summer blues

In many offices, workers tend to feel less motivated when the temperatures rise. In addition to helping the community, volunteer efforts during this time period can energize staff and boost morale. They can also assist with team building efforts.

For companies interested in expanding their social responsibility programs into the summer months, here are a few things to consider:

Widely publicize events internally

Communicate and promote staff volunteer opportunities throughout the entire company. Although sending emails or posting relevant information on the intranet is a good start, organizations should consider going even further. For instance, they could invite local organizations onsite to inform employees about opportunities available to them. They could also schedule a tour of the nonprofit organization prior to the actual volunteer event date. One key to promoting a successful social awareness program is to regularly inform employees about opportunities and build a large group of potential volunteers. This helps ensure that a large number of people take part.

Recognize and reward employees

When workers contribute time and energy, recognition of those efforts is often appreciated. Publicly thanking employees for taking part also helps promote the program and can expand participation. Whether it is a hand-written note or treating employees to lunch, saying thank you further demonstrates a company’s support and appreciation of community involvement.

While many organizations place social responsibility programs on hold during the summer months, they might want to reconsider. There are several benefits of volunteering year-round, both in the community and in the workplace.

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Kay Oder

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Kay Oder has owned six companies, has been a resource to thousands to businesses and brought solutions to help business owners minimize risk, improve business performance and navigate today’s highly regulated and complex “business of being an employer”.

Today, Kay uses the insights gained throughout her career as a speaker, business owner and business advisor. Audiences enjoy her candid, informed perspective on HR related topics as well as her razor-sharp southern wit.

Kay is also a Certified Business Performance Advisor with Insperity, the $2.6 billion business performance solutions provider she has called home since 1993. Kay has consistently been among the company’s top producers during her 20 plus years with the organization, earning Insperity’s highest honors, including the Top Volume, Circle of Excellence and the Chairman’s Club awards.

Prior to Insperity, Kay was the President and Co-founder of Texas Valve Specialists, a supplier in the oil and gas industry. She has also owned companies in the construction, demolition, machining and promotional apparel arenas. She spent four years as a client of Insperity and upon selling her last venture, joined the Insperity team.

From an early age Kay demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, beginning at age six when she sold cantaloupes from her parents’ front yard, which she offered three for fifty-cents, with a free puppy.

Kay and her husband, Dale, relocated to Austin from the Houston area in 1996 when a theft occurred in their family: their granddaughter was born and stole their hearts, so they had to follow.

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