Companies that encourage their employees to offer their skills to help local charities stand to improve staff retention, attract the best potential recruits and promote a positive image for their organisation.
That is the experience of IT4Communities, an organisation that matches IT professionals with charities and community projects in need of help with their IT.
IT4Communities provides the framework to optimise the value of those volunteering their technical expertise. It also offers IT directors several ways of helping their staff to help local charities and projects in a structured way.
The simplest option is for IT directors to promote IT4Communities to their staff, who can then register with the programme and select suitable projects, donating their skills to charities in their spare time.
IT4Communities can arrange quarterly reports on the number of staff registering with the programme and the progress on specific projects.
It can also help organisations that already have an employee volunteering programme and are looking for additional opportunities. The organisation can also accommodate IT directors looking to offer their staff customised volunteering opportunities.
“Research indicates that there are real competitive advantages to be gained by companies that actively promote IT volunteering to their staff,” said John Davies, programme director at IT4Communities.
“Organisations that promote employee volunteering can benefit by improving staff retention and motivation, attracting the best potential recruits, and promoting a positive image of the company to customers and the local community.
“Volunteering is also an effective way of developing employees through stimulating innovative thinking and hands-on learning by placing the IT professional in an unfamiliar world. It also helps them enhance their individual and team working skills.
“As well as enhancing your business, your staff will be helping to meet a real need, with large numbers of excellent charities and community groups currently struggling because they cannot afford the IT expertise they need to function effectively.”
IT directors who would like to take part in the IT4Communities corporate volunteering programme should contact John Davies on 020 7796 2144.