What is Employer Supported Volunteering?
Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is all forms of volunteering that is carried out by employees, supported by their employer. Many companies across the UK assist their employees who volunteer, or provide schemes which encourage them to volunteer. This may be formal, or informally agreed with line managers, and can form part of a larger Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. This Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) can be given in various forms, including:
· being able to leave work half an hour early one day a week to attend a meeting – either through flexible hours or time off in lieu schemes
· having limited free use of the work photocopier or telephone
· using the printer to print out letters to parents
· extra time off, sometimes paid, during the school holidays for youth camps, or days out
· providing a room for a community group to meet
· helping to fundraise
· recognition in company magazine or newsletter
How does Employer Supported Volunteering benefit companies?
Did you know that 80 per cent of employers who have volunteer-friendly policies feel that ESV benefits their company? Employees who volunteer bring a wide range of skills and experience gained through volunteering to their job. Supporting employees who volunteer can be a cost effective way for employers to develop the transferable and ‘soft’ skills of their workforce, without paying for training.
According to a Time-Bank Employer Attitude Survey (Continental Research July 2004), 68% of employers feel that volunteering can add skills to their workforce, and 43% think that employees who undertake voluntary work and learn new skills have a better chance of promotion and earning a higher salary.
Employer Supported Volunteering can also boost performance and morale by engaging employees in something they are passionate about. It raises job satisfaction. ESV can also add value to the image of the company, by involving them in the community.
Hold a Volunteer Fair
We can also help you get your staff involved; if you have the space to invite different charities to come into your offices you could hold a volunteer fair! Employees can come down on their lunch break and look at different ways they can get involved.
Need More Information
You can contact the Portsmouth Together Team by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Business in the Community
Portsmouth is also currently receiving support from Business in the Community and has a dedicated Business Connector who is seconded out of business for a period of 12 months to help form links and on-going relationships between local business and the voluntary sector.
To contact the local business connector email Andrew Sayer Andrew.Sayer@bitcconnect.org
Information for Voluntary and Community Groups
Before taking on Employer Supported Volunteering you should consider what you would like the Business to do for your organisation, what will the role involve? Not only this but consider the capacity of your organisation and whether it is able to take such a project on.
Volunteering England has some useful information on Employee Supported Volunteering including case studies and best practice guides. To access this Click here.
If you would like to form an on-going relationship with a business, or you have a project you would like us to advertise, please contact the Portsmouth Together team either via phone or email email@example.com