Leslie Caccamese -
April 23, 2012
Giving Back is Good for Employee Morale
In celebration of Earthy Day, employees around the country contributed hours as volunteers working to make the communities where they live and work a little greener. Great Place to Work® was proud to get in on the Earth Day action, working on a habitat rehabilitation project in San Francisco’s Presidio, and conducting a beach clean-up at Jersey Shore.
Great workplaces know that how a company contributes to the community is an important part of employee morale and fostering pride in the company. Even the Trust Index© survey, used not only with our assessment clients but to select the Best Companies to Work For, asks employees to agree or disagree with the statement, “I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.” At many of the Best Companies to Work For, employees are given generous allotments of paid time off to volunteer, company matches on charitable donations, and have built a philosophy of corporate social responsibility into the very fabrics of their businesses.
Consider these related stats from the 2012 100 Best Companies to Work For list:
- 48 of the 100 Best offer paid time off to volunteer
- 63 of the 100 Best offer donation matching programs
- In total, the 100 Best companies to Work for donated over $4 quadrillion last year to charities and community initiatives
If you need a boost to employee morale, a community involvement project may provide a quick and simple solution. Here are 5 ways you can consider getting started:
What ways is your company involved in the community? How do you celebrate how you contribute?
Leslie Caccamese serves as Senior Strategic Marketing Manager with Great Place to Work® Institute