Vol­un­teer­ing Time Off, or VTO, has become a buzz top­ic for many com­pa­nies as of late. It involves encour­ag­ing employ­ees to take time off from their job to plug in to their com­mu­ni­ty and the non­prof­its that sup­port it. Let’s delve in deep­er to under­stand what VTO looks like.

  • Typ­i­cal VTO poli­cies allot for 8 hours of paid time off to vol­un­teer each year.
  • Just like Paid Time Off (PTO), VTO usu­al­ly requires advance notice to the employ­er and approval for time away from the business.
  • Stud­ies have shown that VTO boosts employ­ee engage­ment and retention.
  • Mil­len­ni­als state they are attract­ed to com­pa­nies who offer VTO.
  • VTO builds loy­al­ty and pride for a com­pa­ny with its employees.
  • A recent Soci­ety for Human Resource Man­age­ment (SHRM) study states 20% of its respon­dents now offer vol­un­teer­ing ben­e­fits as part of their employ­ee ben­e­fits package.

As you look for ways to engage with your employ­ees through VTO, take a look at these resources:

  • VolunteerMatch.org—This web­site makes the busi­ness-to-non­prof­it con­nec­tion pos­si­ble. Non­prof­its post projects and jobs they need assis­tance with and then the com­pa­ny builds its team to help.
  • Vol­un­teer­ing Is CSR—An arm of Vol­un­teer Match, this blog is for busi­ness lead­ers to edu­cate them­selves on best prac­tices and case studies.
  • CatchAFire.org—This site con­nects pro­fes­sion­als with non­prof­its using their spe­cif­ic skill sets.
  • PointsofLight.org—Found­ed by Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush, this group offers toolk­its to busi­ness­es and non­prof­its to max­i­mize vol­un­teer­ing efforts as well as offers prod­ucts to max­i­mize those efforts.