Just Projects Inc.
PLANNING AS A TIME SAVER
By: Diane Wadham, Director, Corporate Relations
Committing your business to corporate social responsibility can seem like a daunting prospect. While the vast majority of businesses have the desire to engage with their communities in an altruistic way, the thought of where they will find the time to follow through on a volunteer project can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, there is a way to ensure that the time requirement to launch your volunteer effort is spent wisely for both you and your employees.
I have spoken often in my Just Projects newsletters of the benefits of planning a volunteer project. Planning protects the project by lending structure and direction and ensures that all participants are on the same page. Planning also helps to foresee any potential barriers and/or pitfalls thus allowing you to develop strategies to avoid them altogether.
Many corporate volunteer initiatives require employee participation. This participation usually requires a donation of personal time from the employee. This is especially true of small businesses. They are not as rich in human resources as larger corporations and, therefore, find it more challenging to support employees participating in a volunteer initiative during the regular business hours of operation.
As time is truly a precious commodity the last thing you want is for your employee’s donation of their personal time to be wasteful. This realization provides an ideal opportunity to emphasize to your employees that investing some time into planning your volunteer project will translate into time-savings for them. In other words, you will have to spend time to save time.
The good news is that putting a plan in place does no require a significant amount of time. In fact, we at Just Projects Inc., have already provided a framework for you. Our JPI Planning Toolkit is available to assist you with this important part of your volunteer project.
By taking the time to plan your company’s volunteer initiative, you are acknowledging the value of the participation of those involved. You are demonstrating to them that their gift of time is invaluable to not only the success of the initiative but also to you as their employer.
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH:
Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent return on energy!
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Diane Wadham, Director, Corporate Relations
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