The most successful organisations are filled with employees that genuinely care about their work and their company. In today’s corporate environment, employee engagement is widely recognised as a business imperative, leading to reduced staff turnover, improved productivity, customer retention and increased profits.
While the Caliper Profile Assessment can assist organisations hire the right people and guide their development; employee satisfaction and engagement involves a multitude of external influencing factors.
As Leigh Buchanon writes in Meet the Millennials, “One of the characteristics of millennials, besides the fact that they are masters of digital communication, is that they are primed to do well by doing good. Almost 70 percent say that giving back and being civically engaged are their highest priorities.”
The research suggests that younger employees are not solely attracted by lucrative pay. They want to be part of a work environment that offers them a sense of purpose and meaning.
For companies progressive enough to recognise and adapt to this millennial mindset, a huge opportunity to increase employee engagement presents itself.
Vollie, a Melbourne based start-up company is helping organisations address just that, by linking the skills of corporate employees to the business needs of charities and not for profits.
This is accomplished through embedding what’s called ‘skilled remote volunteering’, which is unique from traditional volunteering in that it matches the particular work-related skills of each volunteer to the needs of the non-profit and allows the volunteer to work from an off-site location like their home, office, or café.
Caliper sat down with Matt Boyd, the Co-Founder and CEO of Vollie, to discuss how his organisation improves employee engagement amongst millennials.
‘Vollie is an online marketplace unlocking a new style of skills-based remote volunteering, connecting the skills and experience of modern day professionals with non-profit organisations. Vollie projects are exclusively online, meaning that people can support the causes they care about from any location, and around their busy schedule.
For the corporate, it means that their employees can make a significant social impact on causes they care about, without damaging their productivity at work, so it’s a win-win for both parties.’
This personalised, on-demand approach to Corporate Social Responsibility improves employee satisfaction and retention, and is delivered with full and comprehensive reporting to measure company impact.
Many businesses are treating their CSR like it’s a box to tick, but there’s a hugely untapped potential for these programs to work in favour of the bottom line among other things.
78% of employees say that their employer’s commitment to social responsibility is important or very important to them, but it’s a statistic that is often overlooked. Millennials entering the workforce now are more inclined to take a pay cut of up to 15% if it means their employer is making a positive social or environmental impact, or is committed to CSR. The proof is in the numbers; employees want to work for businesses that care.
What Vollie provides is a way to give back using an employee’s particular skills, from the comfort of their own home and in their own time.
James, a volunteer from South Australia took on a project for the Kain Foundation and rebuilt their website. The Kain Foundation works with children and runs community programs both in Australia and across the globe in Africa. What would have been a $100,000+ outlay for the Kain Foundation prior to Vollie became a $49 project, meaning that the Kain Foundation was able to redirect those funds back into their programs and focus their resources on doing what they do best.
Make-A-Wish had one very particular wish to cater to, and that’s where volunteer Miranda stepped in. One Make-A-Wish kid had a dream to be not a pirate, not a princess, but a pirate-princess. Clothing designer Miranda was able to custom-make her a beautiful and uniquely tailored costume to make that wish come true.
Thirdly, animal welfare group Edgar’s Mission was able to seek out a video editor to help them compile short videos for their social media channels. Volunteer Kristina did a fantastic job, and Edgar’s Mission has since returned to Vollie to host a total of 12 projects.
For corporations, individuals or non-profits looking to discuss opportunities with Vollie, you can request a personal introduction from Caliper Australia, or head to www.vollie.com.au to get started.