Volunteering boosts employees during lockdown, new research from the UK shows

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A new report recently launched by UK-based nonprofits Education and Employers and CIPD reveals that employers who support their staff to volunteer in schools and colleges has found employees to be more motivated, more productive and have a better sense of well-being.

Researchers surveyed over 1,000 people volunteering in activities such as career insights talks, mock interviews, mentoring or serving as a school governor.

The report found that education volunteering offered HR managers a simple solution to counter the downsides of remote-working and motivating staff, inspiring their teams, and reconnecting employees with the workplace.

Employee-volunteering in schools was found to be a sound investment for employers, bringing multiple benefits for individuals and organizations:

  • 80% or more volunteers reported benefits for their communication, influencing and relationship skills with over half also benefiting in leadership and other skills.
  • 79% reported improvements to their sense of mission at work as a result of volunteering in education and 68% reported greater motivation at work. 84% also described benefits for their motivation in day-to-day life outside of work.
  • Over a quarter reported greater productivity at work, with 44% reporting manager recognition for the impact of their volunteering. More than a third said volunteering had helped them apply for different or more senior roles.
  • The overwhelming majority (94%) felt they gained a better understanding of society and social issues
  • Almost all people (99%) who are volunteering in schools felt that they made a difference to young people.

The new research, funded by Bank of America, corresponds with previous Education and Employers research over the last ten years, which shows that when students have encounters with volunteers from the world of work, it is beneficial to their education outcomes.

The report, the Value of Volunteering, was launched during a webinar on January 8, 2021. You can watch the recording and download the presentation.

Read the report here

Ramona Dragomir

Manager, Corporate Solutions, Points of Light

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