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5 ways your HR team can boost employee engagement

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In today’s fast-evolving corporate landscape, human resources (HR) teams are increasingly tasked with not just managing employee relations but actively boosting engagement and fostering a positive work environment. An engaged workforce is more productive, loyal, and aligned with the company’s goals and values. One of the most effective strategies for enhancing employee engagement is integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, particularly through skills-based volunteering. This approach enriches the community and empowers employees, making them feel valued and connected.

Why skills-based volunteering matters

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Skills-based volunteering is an invaluable strategy for increasing employee engagement activities and infusing the workplace with a strong sense of purpose and fulfillment. This approach taps into the professional skills and personal passions of employees, leveraging their expertise to make meaningful contributions to nonprofit organizations. By engaging in this kind of volunteering, employees not only enrich their own work experience but also enhance their company's culture and impact in the community. 

The benefits of employee engagement for the company include:

  • Enhanced company image
  • Increased employee retention
  • Skill development for employees
  • Boost in employee morale, leader to higher job satisfaction and productivity 

Benefits for the employee include:

  • Professional growth and networking opportunities
  • Personal fulfillment and improvement in well-being
  • Enhanced creativity and problem solving skills
  • Improved teamwork and leadership skills 

By incorporating skills-based volunteering into their CSR programs, companies enhance their social impact while enriching the careers and lives of their employees. Platforms like Catchafire facilitate these opportunities by matching company skills with nonprofit needs, creating a synergy that maximizes the benefits of employee engagement in profound and lasting ways.


Five ways to boost employee engagement

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Catchafire’s employee engagement software offers a platform that centralizes and streamlines skills-based volunteering opportunities, addressing the common pain point of engaging employees effectively. Through Catchafire, companies can access a variety of volunteer options tailored to different interests and time commitments.

1. Team volunteering projects

Team volunteering projects are a fantastic way for HR teams to foster collaboration and team spirit. By working together on a project, employees strengthen their relationships, which translates to better communication and teamwork back at the office. On Catchafire, employees can apply for group projects and use their collective skills to help a nonprofit. Whether it’s a day-long project redesigning a website or a week-long effort to streamline an NGO’s database, the shared experience can significantly boost morale and engagement.


"With our team still being relatively new, I thought this was a great team-building exercise. It gave our team additional time to get to know each other and share ideas outside of our normal day-to-day activities.”

Reggie R., Associate Director, Patient Assistance Program
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation


2. Volunteer events for different groups

Catchafire allows HR teams to tailor volunteer events for different occasions, such as employee resource group (ERG) meetups, manager training, team building activities, or even company-wide summits or initiatives. This flexibility ensures that volunteering aligns with employees' interests and professional goals. For example, an ERG focused on women in leadership could partner with nonprofits that support women’s education, offering strategic advice to support their programming. Such targeted events support meaningful causes and reinforce the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).


“I am so happy we collaborated with Catchafire for this event! I learned about a lot of great new nonprofits operating in our area.”

KPMG professional


3. Microvolunteering opportunities

For employees who are eager to contribute but may not have large blocks of time available, microvolunteering presents a perfect solution. Through platforms like Catchafire, employees can engage in quick, impactful volunteering tasks—such as responding in 15 minutes to a query a nonprofit has about a particular challenge. These bite-sized opportunities are especially appealing to busy professionals who still want to give back and can lead to increased feelings of satisfaction and engagement at work.


4. One-hour consultation calls

Another efficient use of professional expertise is through one-hour consultation calls where employees offer advice on specific challenges faced by nonprofits. This setup helps the nonprofit solve immediate problems and provides a meaningful, manageable way for employees to engage in CSR. It’s a practical approach to volunteering that fits easily into most schedules and can significantly impact the receiving organization.


5. Full-length projects or nonprofit board service

For a more in-depth involvement, HR teams can encourage participation in full-length projects that align with the employee's field of expertise, such as marketing, finance, or organizational strategy. These projects typically require a longer commitment and allow employees to deeply engage with their assigned nonprofit, potentially leading to ongoing partnerships and a profound sense of achievement and connection to the community.

Catchafire also facilitates opportunities for nonprofit board service, offering a distinctive pathway for employees to engage deeply with the community and develop leadership skills. By serving on a nonprofit board, employees are placed in strategic roles where they can directly influence the direction and impact of an organization. This type of engagement fosters a sense of ownership and pride in their contributions. It also significantly enhances their understanding of governance and nonprofit management.

For companies, encouraging employees to take on board positions supports employee engagement strategies by providing them with high-level leadership opportunities and networking platforms. This experience broadens their professional horizon and deepens their commitment to both their personal growth and the company’s CSR goals. The result is a more motivated and connected workforce, aligned with the company’s values and more invested in its success.

Get started with Catchafire’s employee engagement software

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Catchafire’s platform serves as a vital tool for HR teams looking to increase employee engagement through skills-based volunteering. By offering a range of volunteering opportunities from microvolunteering to full-length projects, Catchafire ensures that every employee can find a way to contribute that resonates with them personally and professionally. In today’s corporate world, fostering a sense of purpose through community contribution is key to building a motivated, engaged workforce. Through strategic CSR programs and the effective use of platforms like Catchafire, HR teams can transform employee engagement and drive meaningful social impact.

Learn more about our employee engagement solutions and skills-based volunteering opportunities. Request a demo today.


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