Since 2005, CEO Christian O’Meara has led the technology consulting firm Logic20/20 Inc., which twice made Seattle Business Magazine’s list of Best Companies to Work For. Christian O’Meara brings his own volunteering background and prior experience with international relief work into the company’s culture by supporting organizations like Leaders for Africa and encouraging his staff to engage in community service projects and fundraisers.
Many fundraising events encourage businesses to raise funds as a team. In addition to supporting worthy causes, volunteering and other charitable service has a positive effect on employee morale and retention rates and demonstrates a firm’s social responsibility. In order to encourage more of their employees to participate in community service projects, companies can incorporate volunteering into their workplace culture.
Businesses can do this by providing incentives such as paid volunteer hours or recognizing standout employee contributions with an award or certificate. Employers can also attract candidates already involved in community service by drafting a company mission statement that includes a commitment to improving the community.