Business services specialist Commercial has extended its volunteering scheme ten-fold in a move that will release 300 work days per year for charities, organisations and causes that its employees care about.
Commercial’s longstanding employee engagement programme drove the expansion of the volunteer scheme. Change Champions (formerly known as Green Angels) involves cross-departmental teams working together to devise new initiatives in line with the company’s social and environmental sustainability ethos.
Previously, the company set aside 30 days per year for volunteering, with time allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. This new development stems from an employee-driven initiative to ‘spread positive change’. It enables each of the firm’s 300 staff to use one work day per year for a volunteer activity of their choice.
Recently, a team of nine employees from the Cheltenham head office spent a day at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Evesham. Head of HR Jenny Hodgson said: “We’re very excited about our new and improved employer-supported volunteer programme. The beauty of volunteering is that it benefits everyone involved. We all felt uplifted and energised by the experience.”
To help measure and visualise the success of the programme, a tree image has been mounted outside one of Commercial’s meeting rooms. Every time someone completes a day of volunteering, they’re given a leaf to annotate with their name and stick on the tree.