Long-term growth in business is only possible if there is a thriving future in which that growth can occur. Businesses that realize this almost certainly have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan or department, a company’s way of creating a vision for a compassionate company culture, supporting the creation of a sustainable and improved future for the community in which the business operates. CSR is taking off everywhere from small businesses to multinational corporations, and employee volunteer programs are the most popular method of engaging responsibly with the community.
Currently, the average corporate volunteer participation rate now rests at about 31%, indicating that there is a lot of room for growth in the CSR sectors of businesses. Companies are finding ways to build employee participation in volunteerism through offering a wider array of charity and organization options. One of the most popular methods of volunteering- the arts.
Whether it is pro bono consulting or financial work with Business Volunteers for the Arts or simply going to a local arts organization and volunteering some time to staff an event or help prepare materials, volunteering with and for the arts is a perfect way to build a future of culture, creativity, and expression for employees and in the larger community.
The data backing up the importance of volunteer programs is clear–they are not only a great way to build an external company profile, but also an exemplary method for improving internal operations. Compiled data by Cybergrants, an employee engagement software developer, demonstrates that giving back also means getting back employee satisfaction and productivity. When polling employees on workplace failures, 97% cited a lack of collaboration or ineffective communication as the root issue. 64% of employees who currently volunteer stated that volunteering with work peers strengthened their relationships.
The benefits don’t stop there. 78% of people who volunteer say that is reduces stress levels, promoting wellness and efficacy in work. In terms of personal development, 90% of HR executives agreed that contributing business skills and acumen to a non-profit can aid in the development of leadership skills. Additionally, volunteering out of the office certainly translates into direct benefits in the office. Studies show that a well-designed corporate social responsibility program can increase employee engagement by 7.5%, raise productivity 13%, and can even reduce turnover by 50%.
Incorporating the arts into CSR volunteer programs allow for employees to directly participate in improving their communities. Starting an employee volunteering program now is a decision that guarantees a flourishing future for the arts.