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What workers get from giving back

Friday December 11, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
With the holidays approaching, many people may be looking for opportunities to give back. What they may not realize is how their community service also could be helping their careers.

In a Robert Half survey, nearly four in 10 Canadian professionals (37 per cent) said they volunteer outside of work. Respondents said their philanthropic activities help them improve their sense of well-being and effectiveness at the office (58 per cent), develop new skills (48 per cent), expand their network (47 per cent), and enhance their company's visibility (14 per cent).

The research also revealed some interesting demographic differences: more female (38 per cent) than male professionals (35 per cent) said they volunteer outside of work. Greater numbers of workers ages 55 and over (47 per cent) reported donating their time than colleagues ages 35-54 (39 per cent) or 18-34 (30 per cent).

"Giving your time to help make someone else's life a little easier is a powerful way to engage with your community. Not only does it inspire change and possibility for those you help, it allows you to cultivate a broader network as well as skill sets that can impact your own direction and growth, personally or professionally," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half’s international staffing operations.

"Doing good makes people feel good," Scileppi added. "Companies shouldn't underestimate the positive impact workplace volunteer programs can have on their employees and their business, such as boosting internal morale and encouraging a shared commitment to reciprocal goals that go beyond the bottom line."

The survey was developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on responses from more than 440 workers employed at Canadian companies.

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