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How can Voluntary time off benefits a business?


What is Voluntary time off?

Voluntary time off or Volunteer time off is an employee benefit that companies offer as the paid days which the employees can spend in any approved charitable organization for any volunteer activity, specifically related to the trade of the employee(s) work as specialized personnel.

This time employees have to spend as volunteering but not as a holiday like a paid time off. However, the PTO can be utilized as VTO. The employers offer a VTO program to fulfill the corporate social responsibility, whereby employees are to volunteer their efforts serving the society representing their organizations. This creates a sense of ownership among employees.

The top talent expects their employer to offer such programs to be back into the community feeling they are doing something for the not-for-profit (NPO) for the collective good of the general public, outside their profiting organization.

This gives full-time employees a sense of the state of being entrusted by the employer by sending outside representation on behalf of the organization!

So, How does a business benefit from VTO?

Volunteer Time Off (VTO) can help the business in various ways. WebHR experts are here to help employers and employees tell the truth behind the reality of VTO business's various benefits, some are mentioned here:

  • It is the way to possibly minimize the HR turnover
  • Positive impact on the employee morale
  • VTO helps in improving employee retention
  • Customer Service enhanced impact by inviting employee willingness to serve customers better
  • Employee willingness to work better helps in improvisation of corporate social responsibility
  • The tangible reputation of the organization is empowered when employees are amicable
  • Improves the reputation on social media through customer reviews
  • Attracting employees - Hiring and recruitment
  • Meeting people enhances the employees’ relationship management skills
  • Social skills enhancement furthers stress and depression management in a positive way
  • Employees' exposure improves from different points of view
  • That space further creates avenues for some time for relaxation, fun, and an outlet for sense of purpose whereby employees plan their lives at both personal as well as professional levels
  • VTO offers volunteering services for employees for their good in their will
  • Employees donations and charity encouragement takes place

However, VTO can be a potential disadvantage for small businesses as they have limited employees with defined financial sources.

Nevertheless, volunteer time off (VTO) is not an easy task with limited HR organizations like SMEs. Hence, the alternate employees are the very basic requirement for such an offering so that the service never stops, and so does not the businesses.

Share of employers offering paid time off for volunteering in the United States from 2015 to 2019

What are the benefits of Volunteer time off for Employers?

If two companies are very similar in market share, name, and top talent HR they have, the company offering VTO has a better CSR representation hence having more chance to land the dream top talent within.

Moreover, the employer would have:

  • Corporate social responsibility fulfilled
  • Reputation in the market and society as a philanthropist
  • Employee retention due to satisfaction
  • Better recruitment attracting talent
  • Businesses give back something to the community
  • Employees get trained in a new environment - hence saving on training costs
  • Sense of purpose for organizations fulfilled
  • It may provide something better in vision to the current strategic level management
  • Balance maintenance in the top and down talent
  • Involving employees in businesses as stakeholders

What are the benefits of Volunteer time off for Employees?

The employees have the following benefits of VTO due to volunteer efforts they put on behalf of the employer:

  • Employees' well-being improved
  • Employee engagement boosted
  • Learning new skills in a new environment with new people
  • Experiencing the not-for-profit businesses working styles
  • Better world provision to employees by an employer
  • Employee Satisfaction

How to Implement Volunteer time off in a company:

For the implementation of VTO in any business, the below-mentioned tasks should be taken care of:

  • Make clear organizational goals
  • All employees be given an equal chance to offer services for VTO
  • Time tracking be made properly to ascertain the time is spent as a volunteer
  • Define eligibility criteria for participation in VTO
  • Proper record keeping
  • Vet the organization (NPOs) on certain terms for offering VTO too
  • Encompassing rules and regulations for representing an organization
  • Any other policy initiative (for VTO) as per the business need

What does the research say about Voluntary time off

Harvard Business Review (HBR) of this year uncovers the fact that Volunteerism across society is diminishing, but on the contrary, it is on rising in the Corporate World for the last five years! It is the benefits of:

  • Boasting up productivity
  • Improving Hiring
  • Improvised Retention

But, on the other hand, the Leaders’ pet programs purposefully making it for the employees forcibly and mandatory involvement causes an error in the organizational societal standing and that drawback harms individual employees as well as the organization itself.

Therefore, employers should rank priority-wise: purpose and value, a top-down balanced chain of command laterally bottom to boost up the urge to participatory approach; and find ways to include several patrons and supporters into such organizational volunteering programs’, very ingenuity.