Sustainability & Employee Engagement: What’s in it for the Employee?
Much has been made of how companies benefit from engaged employees, but let’s look at the flip side – what do employees get out of participating in workplace giving programs?
Research shows that organizations with engaged employees perform better, while billions of dollars are lost due to disengaged workers. In our experience, employees develop a deep sense of satisfaction and pride when participating in workplace giving programs, invaluable to both the employees and the business.
Tiffany Sanford, a scientist at Asuragen, promotes and organizes her workplace-giving program because “doing this kind of work is important for me, our health and the health of the environment.”
“This is what’s truly important in this world. Just being a person on this planet, I feel like it’s my responsibility to ensure that I’m doing all that I can to make a difference,” Sanford stated in a recent conversation.
Another acquaintance who recently changed jobs told me over lunch last week that her new employer’s employee-led affinity groups were a big factor in her decision to take the job.
These are not isolated examples.
With a tidal wave of sentiment toward employer-sanctioned activism, businesses have amped up their workplace giving programs and volunteer opportunities, turning their employees into assets. Further, a Lloyd Morgan survey showed that engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave the organization, and emotional engagement is four times more valuable than rational engagement in propelling employee effort.
But, despite the high number of workers who actively seek out these benefits, there are many others who have never participated in volunteering through their workplace, and more who might not want to get involved at all.
So how does a company make participation attractive to all employees? To increase participation, employees must first be engaged. One way to tackle this dilemma is to answer the question I started this post with: How can engagement benefit the employee?
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