Doing volunteer work does good… in every sense of the word! Studies have shown that, in addition to contributing to a good cause and cultivating a feeling of belonging in the community, volunteers have a greater sense of well-being and are less likely to suffer from depression. But did you know that volunteer work can also be beneficial to an organization?
In addition to contributing to good employee health, implementing a volunteer program in the workplace can generate a host of benefits, such as:
- Improving the morale of workers
- Uniting and motivating employees around a common cause
- Creating team spirit within the organization
- Attracting and more easily retaining high-calibre workers
- Boosting employee productivity
- Enhancing relations and communication with the community
- Being seen as a good corporate citizen.
Volunteerism also gives some employees an opportunity to develop new skills or distinguish themselves in circumstances that differ from their regular tasks. All that by rallying around a good cause! Volunteerism in the workplace is good for everyone.
Need a little help getting started? Here are a few tips on how to get off on the right foot…
- Contact your municipality: Find out what the needs are in your immediate community.
- Consult with your employees: What cause would they like to support? Perhaps some of them are already involved with an agency.
- Get organized: Set up a committee or task force or at least appoint someone to be responsible for your project.
- Facilitate the process: Allocate time, organize transportation, set funds aside in the budget… Needs may vary based on the project.
- Encourage your team: Highlight their involvement with the appropriate recognition. Consider publicizing their actions to encourage other employees to become involved.
Do you like this idea about volunteerism to boost your team’s health and bring them together? Then, find out about all the original ideas that the VIVA health and wellness program has to offer you to promote the good health of your employees.
 Thoits, P. A. and Hewitt, L. N. (2001), Volunteer Work and Well-Being [Abstract] Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 42(2), 115-31, DOI: 10.2307/3090173.
 Lautenschlager, J. (1993). Volunteering in the Workplace: How to Promote Employee Volunteerism [PDF]. Found at http://en.copian.ca/library/research/heritage/compartne/pdfdocs/wrkplvoe.pdf