In their own words, three employees share how volunteering provides individual purpose and helps power progress.
Companies have historically considered volunteerism to be an important way to engage employees and support communities. But there is an extra perk: it also helps employee well-being.
In fact, in today’s competitive talent landscape, organizations that embrace and promote a service-led culture are more likely to attract, engage and retain their best staff.
“Encouraging volunteerism in your organization helps local communities, creates a stronger workplace culture and advances Corporate Social Responsibility goals,” said Pam Hacker, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Kyndryl. “People want to work for a company that cares about making an impact in the communities where they work.”
Kyndryl is doing its part. As the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, and a new company, Kyndryl demonstrated its commitment to community engagement with two significant actions early on. It launched a volunteer time off policy on its first anniversary and set an ambitious goal of increasing volunteer hours by 10 percent in its second year. Employees have made a positive impact in areas ranging from climate issues and digital divides to cultural inclusion and educational access, among others.
Through the company’s various Employee Resource Groups, including Kyndryl Inclusion Networks (KINs), and its volunteerism platform Deed, employees regularly get involved with the organizations and causes they care about, in line with its purpose-driven culture, known as The Kyndryl Way.
In the first of a two-part series celebrating volunteerism and International Volunteer Day, Kyndryl employees personally reveal why giving back is so important.