| Many businesses
encourage their employees to volunteer to help nonprofits and
schools. Why? Because businesses know that employees that engage
with causes they believe in are more productive in the work
Encouraging employees to volunteer for nonprofits and schools comes in different forms; I break it down in these three categories:
Companies are already allowing employees to volunteer online from the work place, either on breaks (off-the-clock) or as part of an official time-off-to-volunteer policies. One of the first was Hewlett-Packard, which established an online mentoring program back in the 1990s, one of the first ever, that brought together employees of HP together with high school students (this program has now been split apart: the student mentoring component is now its own, independet nonprofit; the HP employee mentor component is now focused on aspiring entrepreneurs around the world).
Two companies that are talking openly about their employee virtual volunteering activities are Newell-Rubbermaid and Deloitte Australia.
Before promoting virtual volunteering to your company's employees, you will need to create policies and address questions regarding:
You will also need to think about how you will track track time and accomplishments by employees engaged in virtual volunteering. Many of these suggestions are based on this simple idea: the more employees see employee volunteering being recognized and celebrated, the more likely they are to report their hours to whatever person or department is in charge of the employee volunteering program.
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The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, written by myself (Jayne Cravens) and volunteerism expert Susan Ellis and the result of MANY years of research and experience, can help your company / business in better understanding virtual volunteering and in fully-developing your company's employee virtual volunteering program. The book provides complete details on what virtual volunteering is, all of the many, many different forms in which it is practiced, various ways to support and grow virtual volunteering, and how to address various challenges that might arise.
The book can also help your company work with nonprofits and schools to help them develop virtual volunteering opportunities for your employees - something many organizations need assistance with. Many traditional volunteer centers are still struggling with the concept of virtual volunteering; corporate support could help greatly in getting volunteer centers to embrace virtual volunteering, a practice that's more than 30 years old and is undertaken by many thousands of people and organizations. Your support starts with your company fully understanding the realities of virtual volunteering, and this book can help greatly in that regard.
The book is available as a traditional paperback and in various ebook forms from both the publisher, Energize, Inc., and also from Amazon.com.
now available for purchase as a paperback & an ebook from Energize, Inc.
Completely revised and updated!
Published January 2014.