Three top tips for designing an employee volunteering programme
1. Inclusivity – offer employees different methods of engaging to make volunteering more accessible to all
Some schemes only offer face-to-face volunteering. These can work really well, but aren’t accessible for all employees due to outside commitments and travel concerns so we have adopted a hybrid virtual and in-person approach.
By engaging the online volunteering platform Matchable, we are able to ensure all employees are able to participate as it provides an innovative and flexible volunteering approach for colleagues. By matching our employees skills with specific needs, we are able to create a material positive impact for those organisations we are matched with.
Via Matchable, I have been working with a carbon action platform that is trying to democratise carbon offsetting. This has been ongoing since July where I have volunteered and shared my skills. We have a regular monthly zoom meeting where we discuss progress and I provide coaching on ongoing sales opportunities. Overall I have enjoyed the experience and am hopeful we will close one of the leads I have provided soon!