Building and maintaining an engaged workforce is highly beneficial to today's leadership teams, engaged teams show increased productivity, better customer service, and a stronger company culture. However engaging a workforce has never been easy, and is now an even more challenging task as remote work grows in popularity. Many of the strategies that worked in office settings are far less effective in the world of remote work. This shift is forcing leaders to find creative ways to engage remote employees.
At Percent Pledge, we have found that virtual volunteer events are the best way to keep remote workers engaged.
Virtual volunteering engages employees in many ways including:
- Building a culture of trust and respect: When employees work together on a virtual volunteer event, they learn to trust and rely on each other. They are also respectful of each other's different skills and abilities. This can help to create a more positive and productive work environment.
- Fostering communication and collaboration: Virtual volunteer events require employees to communicate and collaborate with each other in order to be successful. This can help to improve employee communication and collaboration skills, which can also benefit the company as a whole.
- Providing an opportunity for learning and development: Virtual volunteer events provide employees with an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge. For example, employees may learn how to manage a project, work with a team, and solve problems. They may also learn about different cultures and perspectives.
- Encouraging bonding and personal relationships: Virtual volunteer events help to encourage social interaction among employees. When employees come together to work towards a common goal, it creates a sense of community and belonging. It also is a lot of fun to work together with your colleagues on a meaningful project.
In addition to these benefits, virtual volunteering also has a number of other benefits for employees and companies, including:
- Increased employee engagement and morale: Virtual volunteering increases employee engagement and morale by providing employees with a sense of purpose and the opportunity to make a difference.
- Improved employee retention: Virtual volunteering improves employee retention by making employees feel more connected to the company and its values.
- Enhanced employer brand: Virtual volunteering enhances the employer brand by showing that the company is committed to social responsibility and giving back to the community.
Overall, virtual volunteer events are a powerful tool for engaging remote employees.
Tips for hosting successful virtual volunteer events
Here are some tips for hosting successful virtual volunteer events:
- Choose a cause that is meaningful to your employees. This will help to ensure that employees are engaged and motivated to participate.
- Partner with a reputable nonprofit organization. This will help to ensure that the event is well-organized and that your employees are making a real impact.
- Make it easy for employees to participate. Provide employees with clear instructions and all of the necessary resources.
- Promote the event in advance. Give employees plenty of time to learn about the event and sign up.
- Recognize and appreciate employees for their participation. This could be done through a company-wide email, social media post, or even a small gift.
Here are more tips on organizing a meaningful volunteer event.
By following these tips, you can create virtual volunteer events that will engage your remote employees and have a positive impact on your company.