- Posted by Maria Peterson
- On January 15, 2016
Companies trying to differentiate their benefits offerings from the competition so that they can attract and retain their most precious commodity—their people—might want to consider offering Volunteer Time Off (VTO) days throughout the calendar year. VTO days can be used by employees to volunteer and give back to the community.
Employees want to feel that what they do “makes a difference,” especially millennials in the workforce. By offering time off to your employees to volunteer for community service with a project, agency, or group that is important to the employee, they can feel they are making a difference. Parents who have children can use this time to volunteer with their child(ren). Also, departments or groups of employees can choose to volunteer together as a teambuilding activity. Typically, companies will set policies with guidelines for employees to follow when requesting time off for Volunteer Time and will communicate the amount of notice needed, approval needed, and amount of time off that is allowed.
A survey by United Health Group (source: Weight Watchers, January/February 2016) reports three reasons why people should volunteer:
- 76% of people surveyed in the last 12 months say it has made them feel healthier.
- 94% say it has improved their mood.
- 96% say it has enriched their sense of purpose in life.
So, not only is volunteering good for the community, it is great for your employees.