News Article Allies launches employer-supported volunteering policy
Allies is proud to announce the launch of its employer-supported volunteering policy, a forward-thinking initiative aimed at fostering a culture of social responsibility and community engagement among its team.
The new policy, which applies to all employees, underscores the company’s commitment to creating positive change beyond the confines of the workplace. Employees are now entitled to three fully-paid volunteering days each calendar year, enabling them to dedicate their time and skills to charitable causes of their choice during normal working hours.
“We believe that a thriving community is built on the joint efforts of individuals and organisations working together. With our new employer-supported volunteering policy, we’re excited to provide our employees with the opportunity to make a meaningful impact while furthering their personal and professional growth” said Dan Cooper, CEO at Allies.
The policy offers a variety of volunteering options, ensuring flexibility and alignment with individual preferences. Employees can engage in team volunteering events, which often involve one-off group activities such as park clean-ups or community building renovations. Alternatively, they can pursue individual volunteering opportunities that resonate with their passions and interests. For those looking to leverage their professional expertise, the policy also encourages pro bono volunteering, enabling employees to contribute their own commercial skills to support community organisations.
“We believe in the power of collective impact. By nurturing a community of volunteers within our organisation, we’re not only giving back but also amplifying the positive change we can bring to society” added Sarah Nice, Finance Director at Allies.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) says employer-supported volunteering offers dual advantages for organisations and employees alike. Organisations can experience enhanced employee engagement, satisfaction, and well-being, along with opportunities for staff professional development and strengthened team dynamics. On the employee side, participating in such initiatives leads to personal enjoyment, heightened well-being, a sense of making a meaningful impact and expanded social networks.
Allies has committed to celebrating the volunteering impact made by its employees. Records of sponsored volunteering activities and individual contributions will be maintained, allowing the company to understand and showcase the positive effects on organisations and the local community.