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5 Reasons Companies Should Encourage Employees to Volunteer

For many organisations, volunteering is an afterthought, but instead, volunteering should be a priority because of the unique advantages. Volunteering looks differently for each business, and volunteer efforts range from a company-wide volunteer day to allowing employees a set number of paid hours to volunteer in lieu of work.

Here are five reasons your company should encourage employees to volunteer:

1. Defines Your Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has an important impact on your company both now and in the future, and consumers and stakeholders are concerned with the impact your business has on both the environment and society. CSR is specific to each company, and most organisations choose issues that hold value to them or their industry.

In addition to showing commitment, having a reputable CSR will allow your business to show passion for issues, and display company values to society.

Organisations should spend time developing a CSR because it allows their employees to engage in the community and build a stronger society by addressing social problems.

2. Redefines Your Company’s Image

In today’s society, image is everything, and giving back is a wonderful way to improve your company’s image for both consumers and employees. Consumers are driven to support companies with a strong CSR, and the more visible your volunteer efforts are, the more improvements your rankings will see.

Employees want to work for an organisation that is focused on more than the bottom line and increasing profit margins. As an employer, you need to perform compassionate acts so your employees will view you as human and considerate of others. This will help lower employee turnover and increase employee morale. If your employees see you trying to make a difference for others, they will be more driven to work harder.

3. Builds Teamwork Among Employees

Many companies use volunteering as team-building exercises, and these volunteer opportunities are remarkable because they allow employees to work together while they are performing their volunteer efforts. Not only does this make a difference in society, it builds camaraderie among fellow coworkers.

A volunteer event could be an excellent way for employees to meet each other and foster relationships. Employees will be able to bridge the gap between departments and teams to learn more about one another including strengths and weaknesses, and this will be beneficial for future group projects.

4. Develops Employee Character Traits

Compassionate. Empathetic. Humble. Gracious. Helpful. These are typical qualities of avid volunteers, and by allowing your employees to volunteer, you are fostering these character qualities in your employees. This will help your workforce build character traits that will be an asset to your corporation because they will be able to enhance their leadership and professional skills. Fellow employees will be more inclined to work with employees that have these qualities, and in turn, this will increase your work production.

Volunteering also gives employees an identifiable role within the business. Research has shown that volunteering has lowered stress levels and improved people’s overall health.

5. Gives Back at a Local, National, Global, and Industry Specific Level

One of the beauties about volunteering is that you are making a difference no matter what route you take. Whether it is having a company-wide day to stock a food pantry or allowing your employees to take several hours at a time to volunteer for a cause of their choosing, every effort matters.

If organisations want to designate specific charitable organizations for volunteer purposes, they can choose causes that impact their local community or have a national or global impact. Many businesses choose issues that are specific to their industry.

Volunteering offers so many benefits for everyone involved, whether it is the organisation, employees, or people directly impacted by the volunteer efforts. Every company should be involved in volunteer opportunities of some aspect because of the benefits offered to the company and society.


Want The All-Stars Playing For Your Team?

Life is so much more rewarding and fun when you are working as part of a team that is successful and achieving the desired outcomes. Let’s face it; no one wants to be a failure. We all want to do well and be a part of something successful – that’s just human nature.

So why is it such a challenge to create high performing team at work?

When we are so busy doing all the things that need to be done, it can be hard to take the time to actually think about what it is you need from your team and then help them understand it.

There are five steps to create a high performing team:

1. Tell them why
Share your vision for your company, your clients, your dreams, your values. If the team doesn’t understand why they are working so hard they won’t share your passion or your commitment.

2. Tell them what
Be specific about what you need them to do and by when. Set the standards early and be consistent with the entire team and you will win their respect and the results will flow.

3. Tell them how they will know when they’ve done a good job
We all need to know what we are striving for, so set goals and targets. If possible break it into milestones that are achievable in reasonable timeframes.

4. Reward them when they do well
Celebrate successes. Small wins. Big wins. Let them know that you appreciate their efforts and find ways to thank them for it. It may be simply taking the time to say thank you personally those involved, or it may be something much more.

5. Be prepared to act if they don’t
And the most difficult point of all – be prepared to tell them if they are not meeting your expectations. If you don’t tell them, they may never know that you are disappointed and then they will never strive to improve.

Take some time out from running the business and work on the performance of the team. You’ll be amazed how much the team will reward you for it in return.

If you would like some tools to support your business and make your team performance easier, feel free to call us on 02 9907 6837 for an obligation free chat. Sometimes the simplest of suggestions from one of our experienced Consultants can have a huge impact.


When Cloning Is Not An Option?

Busy? No Crazy Busy

As you scan the to-do list, you realise that one of you is just not enough. Sometimes, when business is booming, rather than being able to kick back and relax, the trusted systems you’ve built start letting you down and the team start to grumble. You’re so busy that the idea of more business is as close to madness as you want to get.

For some business owners, there comes a time when you need to decide whether you want to grow your business or maintain it at its current size. It is potentially a huge decision that could change your business and your life forever.

How do you know when your business and you are really ready to grow?

How do you understand when your business and you are ready to grow?

7 Signs Your Business Is Ready To Grow

1. Growing to do list
That wonderful sense of satisfaction as you tick things off your to-do list is overshadowed by the pending sense of doom as you notice that it is growing longer each day. Making matters worse, when you prioritise the to-do list they are all coming up as High!

2. More opportunities than you can handle
Existing clients want more of you. New clients are seeking you out. Time to celebrate, right? But instead, their requests are added to the to-do list as a high priority and have to wait until you can get to them. Sometimes by the time you make it to them, they have already moved onto other suppliers. Instead of feeling upset, you feel relief.

3. Growing, Growing, GROWN
Yes, there are the normal busy periods in the year. But this is something altogether different. It doesn’t look like waning. The opportunities are there for the taking, if only you had the time.

Can’t take any more new clients on board? We can help with that.

4. Dropping the ball
Over time you’ve built systems and processes to make sure things run smoothly, however, there are cracks appearing in those systems now and it is taking longer than expected or those little errors are making it even more difficult.

5. Somebody has the grumps
Whether your team is just you or bigger, the team is complaining. There is too much to do and not enough time. Add to that your previously extremely happy customers are starting to make comments. Technology is not the silver bullet you

6. Technology is not the silver bullet you hoped
You are switched onto technology and use it to make things happen efficiently, but there are some things that apps and software just can’t do. You need another real human being on the team.

7. Revenue is looking good
There is enough cash to support the first few weeks of paying for someone until the increased revenue from their efforts hits your bank account.

Increased revenue is a clear sign that your business is ready to grow.

Growing

The idea of taking your business to the next level doesn’t have to feel so daunting and surprisingly it doesn’t always mean that you have to employ people in your own business.

Outsourcing
If there is a part of your business that you do not enjoy doing, procrastinate about or just don’t have the skills to do, consider outsourcing it. Most of us won’t think twice about seeking advice from a lawyer, but struggle on with doing our own book-keeping or marketing whether we are good at it or not. Nowadays, even soloist or micro businesses can take advantage of great outsourcing options.

Hiring a new team doesn’t mean commit to employing someone on a full-time basis straight away.

Hiring your own team
If when you sit down and do the planning, you decide that the best way to move forward is to hire into your own team, then keep your options open. You don’t have to employ someone on a full-time or part-time basis straight away. For those that suffer from a fear of commitment and want more flexibility, think about hiring a casual team.

We know there are a lot of choices to be made and it can be scary. We’ve done it ourselves and we’ll be happy to support you on the next stage of your exciting journey. Call us on 02 9907 6837 or drop us an email at info@impacthr.com.au for an initial consultation.