David Cameron announces 15 million workers will get three days paid volunteering leave each year. But did you know that lots of companies already offer something similar?
Personally, I think its a brilliant idea. Busy people don’t like to give up their weekends but if you could have Monday to spend volunteering you would probably find it much more appealing. 3 days is not much, but imagine if everyone did 3 full volunteering days every year? Many small charities rely heavily on volunteers to survive.
I found this great article from last year on why employers should pay their workers to volunteer; http://www.fastcompany.com/3027465/dialed/why-every-company-should-pay-employees-to-volunteer
The benefits of volunteerism are clear. It is very easy to become wrapped up in your busy routine of work, the daily pressures of life and volunteering is such a great way to regain perspective. It is an opportunity to become active in your community. It’s a great way to engage with social issues and a chance to share skills and experience.
While I think the concept is great, especially, if big businesses foot the bill (like the ones who already have a volunteer scheme in place) there are a lot of concerns surrounding Cameron’s proposal. Namely, funding for public sector workers. Who will cover a nurse or teacher if they are volunteering, and who will pay for the cover?
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one!