All of the above disciplines could be of benefit to a Not for Profit organisation, and more importantly, are the types of roles often found in commercial businesses. If it’s possible to combine the needs of community organisations with the skills your organisation needs to develop further, the potential for a win-win scenario is obvious. In many ways, this scenario can contribute to triple bottom line efficiencies by adding significant value for the donor organisation as well as the recipient.
It’s worth pointing out that, in order to be achieve the maximum benefit for all parties, any volunteering scheme needs to part of a structured approach, with clear priorities, goals and processes, linked directly to organizational objectives and the ability to measure its impact.
Successful volunteering schemes are based on structured, honest and regular engagement with employees, and their feedback is critical in ensuring the ongoing development of such programs.
If these structures can be put in place, the evidence above would suggest that the benefits can be significant. In the current climate of tight budgets and increased focus on bottom line outcomes, a Volunteer program could not only contribute to your employee engagement but also help develop skills that your business can utilise going forward.