We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Winston Churchill
Did you know that almost half of Canadians volunteer? That’s nearly 17.5 million fellow citizens who give back – and many of our colleagues are part of that number.
National Volunteer Week
The theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week is “Volunteers Cast a Beautiful Shadow”. Volunteerism is a big part of Canadian history and our social fabric. With encouragement and support, employee volunteerism provides valuable rewards.
We’re very fortunate to have a large number of employees committed to community causes – they volunteer through personal and work time. We’ve found that by creating an environment for employees to give, community investment has real internal and corporate benefits.
Plus, corporate social responsibility makes good business sense. As a health benefits provider, it seems natural for us to support health and wellness causes in the community. You may find this a great way to strengthen your business position in the marketplace.
So why is it important to have an employee volunteer program? From an in-house standpoint, it supports employee engagement. Through annual surveys, you can give employees the opportunity to respond about community giving and social responsibility. Volunteer programs can also lead to increased job satisfaction, enhanced skills and a better awareness of opportunities that can both benefit businesses and communities.
Employees who feel supported are happier and more satisfied at work. Approved time off to volunteer at a community project or a donation for time volunteered at their local charity also gives employees a sense of pride for where they work.
Finding ways to recognize volunteer efforts make employees feel valued. Whether it’s a formalized program, appreciation day or other ways to say thanks, it can make a difference. A special note from a senior leader or manager can go a long way.
As we take a moment to celebrate all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week – we want to say a big thank you to our Medavie Blue Cross colleagues who donated more than 6,000 recorded hours last year to causes close to their hearts. And that’s only the number we can track!
Volunteers indeed do cast a beautiful shadow. Take a moment to visit Volunteer Canada’s Thank You Wall to give a shout out to your volunteers: https://volunteer.ca/thank-you-wall
Please leave us your comments. Here are a couple of questions to get you started: How many hours do you volunteer each year? Does your company have a volunteer program?