Give Back — The Importance of Volunteering

Culture at Lessing-Flynn (LF) is very important — actually, it’s one of our top priorities. One of our core values is to employ and encourage Passionate People. When we have a strong, passionate team and it shows in the great work we produce for our clients (and in the fun we have while doing it). According to the Management Study Guide, “The culture decides the way employees interact at their workplace. A healthy culture encourages the employees to stay motivated and loyal towards the management.”1

 

Research shows that employer volunteer programs have a positive impact on business and organizations. Benefits include improved employee engagement, organizational commitment, job satisfaction and retention and more. 2

 

At LF, we have a strong desire to give back to the community where we work and play. This can be proven by our ever-expanding roster of team members involved in organizations outside the 8 to 5. Here are some of the organizations that our team members currently support through volunteering:

And many more!

 

I’m also proud to share that the Flynnie team competed in Volunteer Iowa’s Give Back Iowa Challenge this year, and placed in the top ten for participating organizations. The Give Back Iowa Challenge is an eight-week challenge where employers compete in three categories based on business size for the highest average number of volunteer hours per employee. Winners in each category are recognized with a visit by the Governor or Lieutenant Governor to their workplace. As a team, we volunteered at Meals for the Heartland packaging food and had a blast building teamwork and working together outside of the office.

 

Encourage Your Team

So why should you encourage your work team to give back? Here are some of the reasons (there are many) why creating a culture that supports volunteering is good for your company.

 

1. It Creates a Company (and Culture) Where People Want to Work

Deloitte’s 2017 Volunteerism Survey results show that “creating a culture of volunteerism in the workplace may boost morale, workplace atmosphere, and brand perception.” The survey was tailored to working Americans who have volunteered in the last 12 months, and the findings supported the “idea that employees may volunteer more if they have a better understanding of the impact their efforts are making.”3

 

How do you support volunteering in your office or encourage your team to volunteer? At LF, we support our team members by sharing events through Slack (an amazing internal communication tool) and encouraging our team members to attend or support others who are involved.

 

In the summer, LF also offers all team members flex hours — this provides ample opportunity to dive into our passions outside of work and in the community… or just to take a break!

 

2. Engage Your (Younger) Workforce

The workforce dynamics are changing and companies are continuing to hire new generations that function very differently in the workplace. Hello, Millennials and Gen Z! In a recent study, Cone Research found that 79 percent of people prefer to work for a socially responsible company. Additionally, “75 percent of working American millennials surveyed said they would volunteer more often if they had a better understanding of the impact they were making, compared to 61 percent of all respondents.”4

 

3. Increased Employee Engagement Helps Reduce Turnover

If you invest in your employees, they will invest in you. Creating employee volunteer opportunities also gives team members a chance to have teamwork and build bonds outside of the office.

 

PwC study revealed, “Employees most committed to their organizations put in 57 percent more effort on the job — and are 87 percent less likely to resign — than employees who consider themselves disengaged.” According to Gallup’s research, companies with an engaged workforce have higher earnings per share (EPS).

 

Based on results from the State of the American Workplace report, Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees (about 70 percent of American workers) cost the U.S. between $450-$550 billion each year in lost productivity. Unhappy employees are more likely to steal from their companies, negatively influence their coworkers, miss workdays and drive customers away.5

 

4. Promotes Personal Growth and Skill Development

Volunteering for organizations gives team members an opportunity to try something new that could help them develop additional skills or enthusiasm for their work. Search for a volunteer or board position that you, your coworker or your team member can participate in that requires new skills or the opportunity to grow upon skills currently held. You never know what experiences can be brought back and applied to your organization.

 

Give Back

Volunteering is key in fostering a culture of giving back and being supportive in the workplace. What do you do at work to encourage volunteering?

 

Article Resources

  1. http://managementstudyguide.com/changing-organizational-culture.htm
  2. http://www.volunteering.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The-Business-Case-for-Corporate-Volunteering.pdf
  3. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/about-deloitte/us-2017-deloitte-volunteerism-survey.pdf
  4. http://www.conecomm.com/research
  5. https://www.charities.org/news/business-case-employee-volunteer-skills-giving-programs

 

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