Trident United Way's CVC members meet quarterly to learn from and share
with colleagues about the business value of workplace volunteerism.
"Everyone benefits from employee volunteerism"
Workplace Volunteerism Toolkit
A: Three cheers to you for wanting to recognize the
good work of your coworkers who are making a difference in the
community! Here are just a few ideas from the CVC network and members
of the Lowcountry Affiliate of the SC Association for Volunteer Administration (LASCAVA) network.
Q: April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month. What are effective ways to celebrate our employee volunteers?
- Personal notes. I would venture to say that
everyone welcomes sincere words of appreciation. Handwritten messages
of congratulations from supervisors and corporate leadership and/or
"Thank you" from the staff and clients or students at the agencies or
schools where the employee volunteers would say it best.
- Company-wide acknowledgement.
Stories, profiles and/or testimonials from or about volunteers and
their projects in e-newsletters, intranet boards, social media,
websites...any means of communication that can get the word out
throughout the workplace -- you might even include suppliers and
customers. Do keep in mind that some people are private about their
volunteer activities, so it may be a general "Way to Go" message with a
few specifics rather than identifying people by name.
- Celebration activities like Dress Down days, pizza / cupcake / taco parties can honor volunteers as well as bring employees together.
- Reporting. Highlighting benchmarks and the actual work that has been accomplished by your employee volunteers.
- Tokens. Certificates,
"Proud member of the ABC Company volunteer team" pins, company-branded
items or t-shirts. These will be worn or displayed with honor.
Remember that any
celebration of volunteerism - individuals, teams or projects - is a
morale and team builder as well as a celebration of the culture of
community engagement in your workplace. It's a win/win/win!
Questions about workplace volunteerism? Ask Yvonne!
*Good Work! is the opportunity to share your best tips or explore your most pressing questions about successful employee volunteerism. Please send your questions or ideas to Ask Yvonne
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