Millennial Mindset: Deloitte Survey Finds Workers Who Frequently Volunteer Are Happier With Career Progression
Survey offers insights into volunteerism, its links to employee engagement and perceptions of positive organizational culture
NEW YORK, June 3, 2011 — A new Deloitte survey reveals that millennials who frequently participate in workplace volunteer activities are far more likely to be proud, loyal and satisfied employees compared to those who rarely or never volunteer.
The eighth annual Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey reveals that, compared to those who rarely or never volunteer, millennials who frequently participate in their company’s employee volunteer activities are:
“Our own experience has demonstrated the positive outcomes of a strategic corporate volunteer program,” said Evan Hochberg, national leader of Deloitte’s community involvement initiative. “It’s very exciting to have research that more broadly quantifies the connection between workplace volunteerism and several drivers of positive organizational culture among millennials.”
Further, more than one-third (37 percent) of those who frequently volunteer are more likely to be very satisfied with the progression of their career. These and other findings from the Deloitte 2011 Volunteer IMPACT Survey suggest a link between volunteerism and the quality of employee engagement as well as favorable employee perceptions of organizational culture.
At a time when one-third of millennial employees are considering other career options, these findings may offer new insights about a powerful way to engage workers among this age group. “The data shows that, on many levels, employees who regularly volunteer are much more connected than those who do not volunteer,” said Joseph Echevarria, chief executive officer, Deloitte LLP. “This is a strong argument for making volunteerism a business priority, because employee engagement and organizational culture are inextricably linked to organizational performance. What’s more, engagement and a sense of ownership are essential to leadership, and we recognize the need to cultivate leadership qualities in all our people, and celebrate responsible leadership.
“Leadership responsibilities are essential to what we do here at Deloitte. We are committed to leading the profession, and setting the standard of audit excellence. We are committed to leading in the marketplace, delivering the insights clients need to address their most critical and complex business challenges. We know that people, clients and markets will trust and respect our Deloitte brand to the extent we earn their trust and prove our leadership, in all that we do, including volunteerism.”
Deloitte survey findings also suggest that the benefits of creating a culture of service extend well beyond active volunteers. As expected, millennials strongly favor (70 percent) companies committed to the community. However, even among those millennials surveyed who rarely or never volunteer, more than half (61 percent) say they are likely to factor a company’s commitment to the community into their decision if choosing between two jobs with the same location, responsibilities and pay and benefits.
Millennials, who are often characterized by their passion to change the world, are also motivated to volunteer by more than altruism; half (51 percent) of all millennials surveyed want to benefit professionally from their volunteerism. Skilled volunteers, who use their business acumen to help nonprofit organizations, are more likely to seek a professional return on investment for their volunteer efforts than “hands-on” volunteers:
Deloitte helps people and communities thrive in three ways:
The Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Research Series is a key component of Deloitte’s commitment to advancing the dialogue about corporate skills-based volunteerism. The 2011 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey is the eighth in the series. For a complete archive of the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Research Series, visit www.deloitte.com/us.
Results of the 2011 Volunteer IMPACT Survey are based on online interviews with 1,500 millennials (ages 21-35) who work at organizations with 1,000 or more employees that offer employee volunteer activities or programs. Note: the term “volunteerism” refers to traditional volunteerism, skilled volunteerism, pro bono work and/or nonprofit board service. Interviews were conducted by ORC International between Feb. 22 - 24, 2011. The sample size of 1,500 at a 95 percent confidence level would equate to +/- 2.6 percent margin of error had this been a random sample.
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