Make Employee Volunteering Work for your Business in 10 steps

By SG Cares (an initiative of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre).

There are two approaches to start a employee volunteer programme:

1. Employee-Driven Approach (Bottom-Up)

Characteristics of this approach usually sees the management playing a supporting role, with the employees choosing the projects and determining the goals. This usually means that the volunteer work takes place in the employee’s own time outside working hours.

2. Employer’s led Approach (Top-Down)

Characteristics of this approach usually sees the management establishing a more formalised volunteering programme, along with a corporate policy and structure – for example, creation of volunteer leave, a steering and working committee, training and development opportunities for the employees and a one-off community event for all employees.

Apart from these two approaches, organisations could incorporate these methods too within their EVP, for a more engaged programme:

1. Providing volunteers to the same non-profit organisation for a dedicated period,

2. Adopting a programme within the same organisation,

3. Providing mentors to the organisation.

Start engaging now and enjoy your volunteering experience as an organisation.