According to a 2010 study from UnitedHealth Group, volunteering is closely linked to improved health. What’s more, the study also found compelling evidence that employee volunteer programs can help businesses in key areas, such as productivity, engagement and synergy.
Aside from doing good, volunteering helps employees feel good. According to the study, over three quarters of employees who had volunteered during the last 12 months found that they felt healthier and found that they had less stress.
The UnitedHealth study found that an incredible 96 percent of employee volunteers believe that volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.
Other benefits included better time management skills, better connection with colleagues, new job skills and almost 71% believed that they made business-related contacts while volunteering.