Community Involvement and Employee Satisfaction
Do you want to develop cooperative initiatives in your business to encourage your team to become active in the community? Recent studies show that employees, especially millennials, are specifically looking to work with employers who have a community involvement component to their company culture. If you want to develop programs to encourage employee satisfaction, how do you get started? Here are a few tips.
- Determine the challenge. The first step is to think about what kind of community action you want to affiliate with. You man talk to your current staff to find out if there are any organizations in the community that they already support. You can choose one, one per year, or a new charity each month. Determine the best ways your staff can become involved and how it will be measured for the business.
- Encourage executive participation. The best thing you can do is lead by example. Your employees, especially millennials, want to see that this community action is embraced by every level of your company. Encourage everyone from the C-level executives to participate in some way. This can also enhance corporate bonding when your staff is working side by side with your leadership team.
- Develop an incentive. While the act of doing good should be enough to encourage participation, there should also be an incentive that will actively engage your team. For example, some businesses do a Casual Friday where each employee contributes a small amount of money each week for the opportunity to wear jeans on Friday. Or, you can provide additional incentives for the act of volunteering in your community.
- Make it easy to volunteer. Most importantly, you should make it easy for your staff to volunteer. Build this into your personal time off program. Give everyone a set amount of days per year they can be out of the office if they show proof that they were actively participating in a community volunteering event. By giving your team an easy way to give back to the community, more will participate regularly.
- Provide recognition for contributions. Finally, it is also important that you share recognition for the team members who go above and beyond. Recognize everyone who participated in your community initiatives, but provide some special notice for those who take their commitment to the next positive level. This will encourage others to participate as much as they are able and enhance the overall program.