Volunteering on company time: five reasons to do it

Volunteering at work

Volunteer at my company? Perhaps many of you are thinking, “How can I even think about that? I can barely make deadlines as it is. Plus, work is work. It’s not about goofing off or doing personal things. I’ve got to make my sales quota, finish that legal brief, or respond to 60 emails.”

It’s time to reassess! Volunteering is very much alive and acceptable in businesses today. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have volunteer programs, according to research compiled by Prof. Adam Grant at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. And 60 percent of small and midsize companies offer volunteer benefits, according to America’s Charities.

So let’s take a look at volunteering in the workplace. There are many more pluses than you can imagine. You can:

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