Over the past decade, employer-supported volunteering (ESV) has become a mainstream practice of companies. We know that when employees feel good about the way their organization contributes to community there is a positive increase in brand ambassadorship, career commitment, employee impact and discretionary effort, while the company itself sees a growth in revenue, job applicants, innovation and a decrease in voluntary turnover (see The Business Case for Giving Back). How businesses engage their employees in volunteering varies depending on corporate strategy and culture. With solid leadership, communication and planning, an established ESV strategy can grow with more employees becoming further […]Continue Reading
Do one-day group volunteering events really help community partners?
Employer-Supported Volunteering (ESV) is any activity undertaken by an employer to encourage and support the volunteering of their employees in the community, which often takes the form of a one-day group volunteering event. There are many options and strategies employers can use to engage their employees. Employers may enact company-wide days of service, flex time, rewards programs or even microvolunteering. It’s in the employer’s best interest to offer some support; 68% of Canadians would choose a job with a company that has a strong volunteering culture over one that does not. Most common amongst ESV is an opportunity where a group of employees visit […]Continue Reading
Corporate Group Volunteering Checklist
Group activities are one of the most popular ways that employees volunteer with the support of their workplace. While some workplaces have a CSR employee to organize these activities, usually these activities are managed by an employee with less experience. To support these employees, Volunteer Canada has created a Group Volunteering Checklist which can be found on our Corporate Citizenship webpage. Thanks to Cenovus Energy for their financial support in the development of the tool and the Corporate Council on Volunteering (CCOV) for contributing their expertise throughout the process. The Group Volunteering Checklist consists of standalone checklists for use during […]Continue Reading