Survey: Job Seekers Want to Work for Firms That Give Back

Menlo Park, Calif. — Dec. 12

Nice guys may finish last, but a new OfficeTeam survey suggests that nice companies often finish first when it comes to recruiting.

More than 4 in 10 (42 percent) professionals said an organization’s participation in charitable activities is at least somewhat of a factor in their decision to work there.

The survey of office workers was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in the placement of administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 400 U.S. workers aged 18 years or older and employed in office environments.

OfficeTeam identifies five ways to incorporate philanthropic activities into your company’s workplace:

Give back. Organize a clothing, toy or food drive that benefits a nonprofit organization.

Get involved. Provide the opportunity for employees to volunteer as a group at a soup kitchen or beach cleanup. This doubles as a great team-building activity.

Show your support. Sponsor, host or participate in a charity event such as an auction or 5K run.

Chip in. Donate to causes that matter most to employees, such as disaster-relief efforts or local schools.

Match it. Consider offering a matching-gifts program that supplements workers’ charitable contributions or activities.

Source: OfficeTeam