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v recently hosted a round table bringing together leading figures from the Institute of Directors, Global Radio, Sky and Enterprise Car Rental. The panel debated issues around volunteering in the workplace and it was clear that all of the attendees have a real passion for volunteering and the benefits that it can bring to a business.
The group came to the swift conclusion that volunteering has the ability to develop real and tangible skills for employees; in some instances actually replacing more traditional forms of training. While businesses differ in their approach to volunteering, most treat is strategically. Looking at what it has to achieve to deliver back to the business, setting clear and measureable targets then tracking and reporting those outputs on a regular basis were seen as valuable. With target setting the key was having both quantitative and qualitative measures that show both the development of skills as well as the engagement levels of employees.
In short, many organisations are already heavily engaged in volunteering and reaping the benefits, with a huge number of success stories out there.
But there are also barriers, such as time to source volunteering opportunities and the need for simple, easy to use solutions from charities.
At v, we want to showcase these success stories and would love to hear about employers’ programmes. If you are only just starting down this path and thinking of setting up a programme, take look at our recent research on the attitudes towards workplace schemes. And give us a call or email to talk about it, as we know that making volunteering work is rewarding both for your organisation and for your staff.
And, if you want help with employee volunteering, our Volunteering Works programme and team is here to help.