Posted on February 01, 2012 21:47
What is an Employee Volunteer Program?
An Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) is a company-supported, organized effort that uses internal resources to engage employees as volunteers in the communities in which they live and work.
What are the benefits of an EVP?
Employees, shareholders, community, and company will all benefit because volunteer programs can:
Strengthen the Company – Successful employee volunteer programs meet core business goals and address issues that affect a company’s ability to operate.
Develop Employees – Participation helps employees develop new skills and leverage their current skills in meeting needs.
Support the Community – Employee volunteer programs focus resources on serious needs within your community, like education, income, and health.
Benefits to the Company
Builds and strengthens brand awareness
Enhances public image and reputation
Strengthen trust and loyalty among customers
Helps with recruiting and retaining quality employees
Builds employee morale and loyalty
Provides creative opportunities for professional development
Provides an effective vehicle to reach strategic goals
Improves relations with community groups, the public, and clients/customers/venders
Provides networking opportunities with customers
Demonstrates company values in action
Benefits to the Employee
Increases job satisfaction, attitude and morale
Improves cross-functional relationships
Provides leadership opportunities
Enhances training and skill development
Gains additional experience for career growth
Improves communication between employees and their supervisors
Makes employees feel better about where they work
Provides an opportunity for recognition outside of work function
Provides opportunities for families to be together
Adds to a healthier and more fulfilling life
Benefits to the Community
Increase the number of active volunteers providing their time, talent and resources in the community
Offers direct benefits to community organizations
Raises awareness of specific community issues (education, income, health)
Impacts community needs
Helps sustain good community programs
Creates partnerships that cross social and economic lines
Strengthens corporate donations
Contributes to social cohesion and healthy business environment
Creates a better place to work and live
Creates healthier communities
How I help make sure EVP is a success?
Build a strategic program that is integrated with core business objectives and core competencies
Create positive attitudes towards volunteer
Make the program as appealing as possible
Provide interesting and meaningful volunteer opportunities
Make it easy for employees to volunteer
Support their volunteer efforts
Build on employee support for volunteering
Ensure employees have a positive volunteer experience
Recognize them for their volunteer contributions