Maybe because our last few blog post have focused on our own Paul and Lisa Dutton, employees who volunteer, a Monster article caught our eye:

“Boost Morale by Celebrating Employees Who Volunteer”

The article correctly states that employees who volunteer typically do not do so for the recognition, but it wouldn’t hurt either.

The article provides five suggestions:

  1. Combine volunteering with other events. For example, if you have a fitness initiative, include a 5K walk/run for a cause whose mission speaks to you (like, maybe, Relay for Life?!)
  2. Celebrate participation publicly. Use your corporate bulletin board or intranet to let colleagues and supervisors know what organizations you support and how. Perhaps there are others who would also be interested in supporting your favorite organization. Perhaps you could create a corporate team?! (we use our blog…do you have a way to submit a post to your marketing department so you could provide a guest blog?)
  3. Make sure corporate leaders recognize as well. No, most do not volunteer for the recognition, but when recognition comes from corporate leadership, it sure feels extra good. Paul and Lisa are our corporate leaders, but we like to join in too!
  4. Mix up the way you recognize volunteers. Just as each employee is motivated by different recognition, so are different volunteers. An annual celebration for all that volunteer is excellent. As is recognizing some in the act of service. Some might appreciate the public recognition on your corporate blog or website.
  5. Don’t forget the ones who volunteer for you. Ok, in the corporate world we do not usually call them “volunteers” but rather Unpaid Interns. Let us recognize them so that they continue to spread the word about what a great corporate citizen we and our employees are.

What do you do that the article missed?

What do you wish your company would do more of?

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