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How Volunteering Improves Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance isn't just about offering vacation days and flexible work arrangements, embracing volunteering in the workplace is key.

When employees don’t balance their work with their personal life’s demands, fatigue, burnout, and stress ensue. As a result of this decline in mental health, productivity and relationships in the workplace are also bound to be negatively affected.

To help encourage a healthy work-life balance, employers are offering flexible working hours, remote working arrangements, and personal days. However, this often isn’t enough for employees to have a healthy balance between the two realms. Incorporating volunteerism into the workplace is one way that work-life balance can flourish, in addition to the benefits listed above. 

Volunteering provides one with a sense of purpose, enables an individual to realize their full potential, and cultivates a sense of community. Why not encourage your employees to detach themselves from their work responsibilities every so often and improve their work-life balance through volunteering?

This guide breaks down the benefits of volunteering and explains how volunteering can improve employee productivity and work-life balance.

What Are The Benefits Of Encouraging Work-Life Balance?

Increased productivity

When employees have a chance to spend some time out of the office helping others, this gives them a mental reset. Because they had a chance to do something different, they’re able to return to work feeling refreshed and motivated.

Taking time away from a desk can also help an employee to get more done in less time when they return. This seems paradoxical at first. However, taking regular breaks and time out of the office can improve efficiency and help employees maximize their time better while working.

Of course, you want to be able to have criteria in place that measures your employee productivity. Beyond employees being able to meet deadlines consistently, there are a few other ways to measure productivity:

  • Progress– you want to see your employees steadily progressing through tasks rather than rushing to complete everything last minute, resulting in below-than-average work. Utilize project management software to determine the amount of time they are allocating to a task each week.
  • Value- beyond meeting deadlines, each of your employees should bring value to a company. Whether they are coming up with creative concepts, are knowledge experts in a specific area, or have impeccable problem-solving skills, these are all examples of valuable employees. 
  • Soft skills– communication, teamwork, and time management. These skills can all be picked up through volunteering and establishing new connections in the community. Volunteering teaches employees certain soft skills they can transfer to the workplace, enabling them to become more productive and efficient.

Improved physical well-being

When employees sit at their desks day after day, working to complete upcoming assignments and attending endless meetings, their physical health is more likely to decline if they don’t schedule routine days off.

sedentary lifestyle is associated with all kinds of health risks, from increased back and neck pain to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes. Chronically elevated stress can also contribute to a variety of health problems, such as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, and digestive issues. 

Although volunteering throughout the year won’t fully improve an employee’s physical well-being without contribution from diet and exercise, giving your employees a chance to physically rejuvenate through a volunteering day has a major impact on their physical health.  

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Reduced stress

Being under a lot of pressure and having an overwhelming number of responsibilities are two prime contributors to stress. Both are quite common in the workplace; however, both can be mitigated by introducing volunteering into employees’ work routines. 

Volunteering allows employees to shift their focus during their workday and think about something else. The majority of one’s workday typically consists of group meetings, emails, and independent projects. In order for an individual to reduce stress and improve their mindset, it is crucial to encourage volunteers to switch up their mundane task routines through volunteering.

Instead of worrying about their latest deadline or completing a particular project, they can think about someone else’s challenges for a while. This helps put their problems into perspective and makes them more grateful for what they have.  

When they return to work after volunteering, many workers find that this shift in mindset helps them tackle their work with more enthusiasm and less anxiety.

Increased fulfillment

Most employees want more than just a job; they also want a sense of purpose.

A workplace in which employees are encouraged to volunteer and take advantage of such opportunities will increase their sense of fulfillment in their jobs and career satisfaction. When employees have higher levels of job satisfaction, they’re also less likely to leave their position and look for work elsewhere.

Volunteering enables an employee to better the community and better themselves in the process. Building confidence, self-esteem, and tenacity in pursuit of a goal stems can be obtained through volunteer work and is essential to one’s personal fulfillment.

More community connections

Volunteer work gives employees more opportunities to connect with their colleagues and other supporters in their communities.

They get to spend more time with co-workers doing something non-work-related, which can help them get to know each other in a new and different way. And meeting new community supporters allows for new conversations, knowledge sharing, and fresh perspectives.

People who have these connections tend to have a higher level of personal well-being. This is likely attributed to the fact that they’re less stressed, more engaged, and physically healthier due to the development of meaningful connections. 

Creating A Culture Around Work-Life Balance With Kambeo Hubs

Kambeo Hubs is a powerful tool that links employees to rewarding volunteer opportunities in their community. Employees will have their profile within Kambeo Hubs (while also being a member of their company’s Hub), discover volunteering opportunities, and watch their impact grow over time.

By encouraging your employees to discover and connect with causes that they believe in through a platform enabled by your company, promoting a culture around work-life balance is attainable with Kambeo Hubs.

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