9 Incredible lessons we learned from our virtual volunteering programs
Have you volunteered before? If your answer is yes, then you must know that few things are as rewarding as responding to your responsibility towards the collective good.
After committing years to building and implementing CSR, sustainability, and volunteering solutions for our clients, we now stand at the precipice of realization. We’ve seen how small acts of kindness when done together, can infuse a sense of purpose in every participating individual and organization. By imparting the culture of giving in CSR programs, companies can benefit society, help employees work towards skill enhancement, and even boost brand reputation.
Looking back, 2020 pretty much ran over most of our plans. As big and small organizations began to shift their workspaces to their homes, the importance of team wellness as well as social responsibility increased tenfold. It also amplified the urgency to carefully plan and implement CSR programs, employee engagement activities, and wellness initiatives.
Sounds tough? It does not have to be. All these agendas can be executed efficiently with the help of virtual volunteering programs.
We believe that virtual volunteering should be easy and accessible to all. Through our extensive experience, we have realized the value that virtual volunteering can deliver for individuals and corporations. To help you understand virtual volunteering for corporates better, we have summarized 9 incredible lessons we have learned from our virtual volunteering programs:
- Virtual volunteering creates a wide-reaching impact
Most of the employees at the organizations we have worked with have reiterated the beauty of being able to contribute to causes they care about, in any part of the world. Sitting in the comfort of your home in NYC, for example, your employee can contribute to causes in any nation of your choice. Digital has unlocked a world of opportunities. All you need is the right non-profit partner and a good internet connection.
- Virtual volunteering is a great team-building exercise
Through a recent survey we conducted on a list of global companies, we learned that 52% of the respondents embraced virtual volunteering in their business, out of which 60% did so to boost employee engagement. This is not surprising, seeing how well virtual volunteering connects employees remotely and encourages team building. We have witnessed increased engagement levels, especially with team-based activities.
- Virtual volunteering nurtures employee wellbeing through engagement
How many times have you had to reimagine employee engagement during the lockdown phase? With little to no face-to-face interaction between employees, we’ve seen how hard it’s been for organizations to keep the spirit of camaraderie going. Our clients were no exception. But they were soon to realize the immense benefits of virtual volunteering in this regard, as employees started communicating better and contributing to causes that make a real impact. It turned out that a sense of purpose was the exact missing piece in the engagement puzzle. And virtual volunteering delivered.
- Organizations must know how well their CSR programs are performing
This might be the most valuable lesson that we have learned from our virtual volunteering programs. Even while realizing the importance of virtual volunteering, most organizations lack the resources to measure their impact and success. With insights on key indicators like volunteer hours, engagement, and value delivered, you can chart out your reports and victories better. This makes the process transparent and visible to your non-profit partners, employees, and other stakeholders.
- It is best to find a cause that is aligned with your company vision
While choosing philanthropy and volunteering opportunities, it is always wise to ensure that the chosen causes align with your purpose. We’ve particularly seen how well an extensive range of causes have helped our clients easily discover areas that match their company vision and goals better. This freedom of choice can help improve your industrial standing and define your brand.
- Virtual volunteering helps cultivate empathy and socio-cultural literacy
How brilliant does volunteering across geographies sound? It feels amazing, according to volunteers who’ve worked with us. Virtual volunteering can open doors to opportunities in several different countries, helping employees work internationally. On a larger level, this enables your employees to develop a deeper understanding of cultures and learn from different knowledge systems.
- Virtual volunteering can help in employee retention
Virtual volunteering helps employees by giving them a channel to focus on their philanthropic mission. As you visibly improve the work environment, your employees have a natural incentive to keep working with your organization. Especially millennials are more driven towards organizations that enable them to contribute to causes that span the society and environment.
- Increased reputation in the communities you volunteer in
Most organizations that have worked with us have opted for causes that impact their immediate community, positively. This provides a great edge especially for companies that do business in these communities. Inspired by the philanthropic quotient of your business, customers will be more eager to support and stay loyal to your brand.
- Virtual volunteering triumphs over pandemics and other disruptions
It is nearly impossible to predict pandemics. COVID-19 showed us that. Most of our responses were reactive, taking us time to reimagine life and work. In this aspect, virtual volunteering stands tall as a solution that can transcend disruptions as huge as the recent one. It showed us that there is always a way to do things – you just need to think about it differently. Thanks to virtual volunteering, nothing can limit you and your organization from doing good.
What do you think of virtual volunteering?
If you have run pilot virtual volunteering programs as an organization, we’re sure that we share many if not all of these vital learnings.
As the wisest of all say- doing good is important but doing good together is vital. If you’ve not tried virtual volunteering yet, right now would be the best time for you to start. Goodera can assist you in designing and executing an impactful corporate volunteering program remotely. From creating a strategy to connecting with impactful non-profits, driving engagement and measuring impact, we have your back. Did we pique your interest? Request a demo today and do good like never before.