Any Volunteers?


EmpBlog-4.24.2013-slackersGenerations X, Y and Z: educated, independent, entitled and media savvy.  When motivated, these workers can be very valuable.  Retaining them, however, can be a problem.  Conventional wisdom is don’t try; they will be moving on in a few years regardless of what you do as an employer.  But a new strategy is emerging, a strategy which requires an employer to think outside the traditional methods of retention, which include compensation, incentive goals and equity programs.

The new strategy essentially requires the employer to think less like a corporation and more like a human being.  It involves personal touches directed at individual employees, morale-building plans, and community tie-ins.  A cornerstone of this strategy is the volunteer program.

Volunteer programs help employers and employees in a variety of ways.  They can serve to improve individual employee skills acquired through participation, such as leadership, organization and networking.  Moreover, volunteer programs can strengthen the bond employees have with an employer.  Indeed, employees consistently report that they feel better about companies that have corporate responsibility and volunteering programs.

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