It’s the season of gratitude, togetherness, and giving back. Creating a philanthropic plan for your staff is good for business and can help create a positive work culture.

At The Daniel Group, giving back is more than a seasonal pastime, it’s a mission! The Daniel Group has always enjoyed helping our community and we love how our staff embraces our Road to One Million program to help one million people find jobs. Earlier this year, our Daniel Group team really wanted to find additional ways to give back and support our community year-round. Our Fridays for Good program was developed and feedback from employees has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It makes me feel good knowing that I work for a company that cares about people in need,” says The Daniel Group employee Laura Andrade, “I also get to know my team better.”

“I enjoy the comradery of all of us working together to get the job done and bring good into the community,” confirms another employee. 

Jessica Brower-Clifft, Director of Sales also states, “It’s great for team development and continues to foster a positive and nurturing work environment!” 

The Daniel Group is not alone in its efforts to give back to the community. From Fortune 500 companies to small local businesses, many organizations encourage their employees to volunteer. There are many proven benefits:

Enhanced Company Culture – Volunteering creates team-building opportunities that don’t typically occur in the office. Employees can partner across divisions and work with people outside of their immediate circle. This improves communication, enhances company culture, and boosts morale. 

Professional Development – A volunteer event requires communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Volunteering also allows non-management workers to take a leadership role. These skills and attitudes translate directly to the workplace.

Recruitment and Retention – Good pay and benefits are not the only things that attract quality employees. A corporate philanthropy program can provide a recruiting edge over the competition. Millennials, in particular, are passionate about the core values of their employers. Workers who take part in company-sponsored volunteer programs are more engaged and less likely to leave. 

When developing a company volunteer program, clear policies and guidelines are critical. The program should align with the goals of the company as a whole. Determine what success looks like for the program. Is it employee engagement or a specific social outcome? Gain support from management, so they don’t view it as a distraction from business. Include workers in the planning process to make sure it aligns with their interests, schedules, and skillsets. Specify which activities are included or excluded from the program to avoid misunderstandings. Finally, decide what kind of volunteer program to implement. Here are several options: 

  • – Offering paid time off to volunteer with a nonprofit of the employee’s choosing.
  • – Scheduling company-sponsored days for staff to volunteer together for a specific charity or community project. 
  • – Providing a donation to a nonprofit selected by the employee. The donation can be tied to time spent volunteering or serving on the board for that organization.

The Daniel Group is committed to doing good for its customers, its employees, and the community. The Daniel Group was honored to be recognized as one of Houston’s Best Places to Work. We have a proven track record of finding and qualifying the best candidates, and we can find the right talent to fill your company’s needs. The Daniel Group stands behind our work with a One-Year Replacement Guarantee.

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