When it comes to corporate social responsibility initiatives, Randstad
Canada encourages employers and employees to give back - on company
TORONTO, July 24, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Within most companies, it's not
just the leaders of the organization who support the local community,
but the employees as well. And Randstad Canada, the country's leader
for staffing, recruitment and HR Services recommends employers, large
and small, strengthen their corporate social responsibility initiatives by encouraging employees to give back - on the company's
Stacy Parker, EVP of marketing for Randstad Canada says time scarcity is
a significant barrier to volunteering. "Finding time to devote to
volunteering can be a difficult task. While many employed Canadians do
manage to find the time to volunteer, the fact is, many struggle to
strike a balance between their work and private lives. As employees
assume more responsibilities in both their work and family spheres
(such as child care, elder care, single parenting, or working longer
hours), employers should do their part to encourage their employees to
volunteer during working hours," she says.
According to a recently released Statistics Canada study entitled
Employer Support of Volunteering, in 2010, 57% of employees in Canada
who did volunteer work reported that they had received one or more
formal means of support to do so from their employer.
The study also found that employer support varied by region. In
Ontario, 62% of volunteers with jobs had formal employer support,
compared with 54% in British Columbia, 51% in Quebec, 50% in Manitoba
and 49% in the Northwest Territories.
Additionally, the Statistics Canada data concluded that certain types of
employer support were more common than others. About 34% of volunteers
who worked said their employers helped by approving changes to their
work hours or reducing their work activities, the most common type of
"Quite simply, companies should care about CSR because their employees
do," says Parker. ". It is important for companies to be socially
responsible. Numerous studies indicate that a company's CSR policies
increasingly factor into a job-seeker's decision to work there. For
example, a recent survey conducted by ICMA International found that a
company's commitment to the community does factor into how attractive a
company is viewed by jobseekers," she says.
According to Parker, the difficulty that comes with balancing the desire
to volunteer with busy work and personal lives is precisely why
volunteer opportunities during work hours are the ideal solution for
both businesses and employees. "At Randstad Canada for example,
employees are given a number of hours during the work day to volunteer
for organizations the employee supports."
We recognize that there are many benefits to giving staff time off to
volunteer, says Parker. "First, there's the feel-good benefit.
Employees feel good when they're involved in giving back. Then, there's
the strategic benefit. Volunteering serves as an opportunity for
leadership development, gaining experience and building business
relationships. People want to work with companies that are good
corporate citizens," she adds.
Parker emphasizes that strong CSR also helps organizations with
recruiting and retention. "When people are engaged and happy, they
don't leave. Allowing volunteering leave can make your company an
attractive place to work and allow you to attract and retain the
quality talent that will drive your organization forward."
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
SOURCE: RANDSTAD CANADA
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