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Benefits to employers

Corporate Social Responsibility

Having an effective CR programme contributes positively to all stakeholders as well as adding value for the organisation itself, and ensures it operates in a sustainable way.

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers stated that 88% of young people in employment were inclined towards businesses with prominent CSR programmes and a massive 86% would consider leaving their current organisation if their employer’s CSR no longer fit with their personal ideals and moral compass
  • The 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey also revealed that 61% of young employees said that a volunteering programme would be a deciding factor when faced with a decision between two job offers. It also found that employees who volunteer during work time report being more loyal and committed to their company
  • 91% of Fortune 500 HR managers said that “volunteering knowledge and expertise to a non-profit can be an effective way to cultivate critical business and leadership skills” – benefiting volunteer and company alike

https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/strategy/corporate-responsibility/factsheet

https://www.givingforce.com/the-mutual-benefits-of-employee-volunteering/

https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/citizenship-deloitte-volunteer-impact-research.html

Volunteering brings huge benefits to employees and businesses

The Business Case for volunteering

  • Improved Loyalty: attrition rates lower (can reduce employee turnover by half)
  • Productivity: rejuvenated staff return to the office with more gusto, increasing productivity by 13%
  • Enhanced Skills: current skills are embedded, new skills developed …
  • Customer Experiences: strengthens your employee customer and client skills
  • Networking: meeting a variety of industry professionals also volunteering can lead to new business opportunities

Benefits for your employees

  • Refresh & Recharge: time out of the ordinary working day
  • Motivation and Creative thinking: stimulate new ideas and abilities to tackle problems in new ways
  • Learn New Skills: enhance existing skill sets, or form entirely new ones

One of the best BENEFITS however is the ‘feel good factor’. Many of our volunteers report that they enjoy ‘giving back’ and feel reinvigorated by the sense that they have helped support the next generation.

What the employers say!

I started volunteering for BEE back in 2016, mentoring a GCSE student at a local secondary school. Within a year, I was involved in supporting BEE’s wide range of career events and asking to mentor more students.  Whilst I loved developing a bond - helping the students to grow emotionally (and academically), mentoring was not without it challenges. I found myself asking what motivated us mentors to keep going and remain so committed beyond the human need to help?  I was studying for my Masters in Occupational Psychology at the time and decided to make this question the focus of my dissertation, looking into the satisfaction of our intrinsic psychological needs and their relationship to Organisational Commitment.  Please click on the following link
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-r-gilbert/

Well done! It’s been a unique experience for me personally. BEE and the teaching staff made me feel invaluable and provided no end of support – not easy when I never answer my phone! When we work in the same organisation day to day, I don’t think we get the value of going out of our comfort zone or working with new people, particularly young people. It’s stretched me more than any internal training I feel.

The purpose is undeniable, but the support on this scheme is above and beyond the support I’ve received on any other voluntary schemes. Really professional and a clear end to end process.

They picked such inspiring people – I remember meeting all the mentors for the first time and thinking ‘wow, I’m surrounded by such clever, able and willing people’

Really fantastic programme, that has been better than any other workplace training I have ever attended. It is true teenagers are teachers too!

I had such a good time this morning. I was nervous, as I always am doing literally anything​, but more so because they're kids. But I enjoyed talking to them, learned a lot, and I hope was able to offer something for all three of them! I've also learned about something I completely took for granted; how difficult and intimidating the prospect of an interview can be for someone who has special needs. They're intimidating anyway, but the additional challenges that these young people face (plus those adults who have similar issues) can make them very daunting prospects indeed. I hope that I've had my eyes open to make my interviews friendlier, a little more relaxed, and open to those who have some of these difficulties.

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