Do Employers Make the Most from Volunteering Opportunities?
July sees the start of 2 major sporting events; Le Grand Depart on the 5th and 6th July in Yorkshire (God’s Own County of course) and the Commonwealth Games start on 23rd July in Glasgow.
Both these events will use thousands of volunteers to help the events run smoothly. I for one will be one of the 15,000 volunteers at the Commonwealth Games building on my experience as a Gamesmaker at the 2012 Olympics. I am also Chair of Governors at a local Secondary School, help out at the Community Cinema we have in town and have helped out at my local Junior Football and Cricket Clubs. I have no doubt that these have helped me develop a number of key skills required in business and life. They are also great fun, challenging and rewarding.
There are a number of volunteering opportunities out there for employers to access from charities, local sports clubs, schools etc. I am sure that most organisations would welcome contact with employers with open arms, I know we would as a Governing body as it helps the skill mix as we continue our School Improvement agenda.
As part of a management or personal development program, volunteering could be an important part of that process to help team building, leadership, project management, interpersonal skills, communication and many more, as well as contributing an active part in the local community and I’m not sure that employers are embracing the opportunities that are out there. While I was picking up my uniform for the Commonwealth Games I was talking to a young Irish woman whose employer was sponsoring her to be a volunteer at the games paying for her accommodation etc. I thought what a great thing to do and I’m sure they will get back the investment and more in terms of engagement, motivation and development, why aren’t there more people doing this?
I may be wrong of course they might be and would welcome any thoughts anyone has on the subject.