Working and volunteerism

Recently I read an article about company creativity in retaining their employees. One company gives their employees a day off to get involved with the community; another does a blood drive—literally driving their employees to the blood bank to donate blood.

Recently I read an article about company creativity in retaining their employees. One company gives their employees a day off to get involved with the community; another does a blood drive—literally driving their employees to the blood bank to donate blood. Both companies say it fosters a sense of community (within the company) by actively contributing or giving back to the community in which they reside.

It’s a simple fact—volunteers are difficult to come by these days. Keeping employees is difficult these days. Companies that invest in their staff and the community are always in demand.

Small communities like Stettler depend on volunteers for programs and projects that benefit the entire community. Non-volunteers do not realize the countless hours that go into unpaid jobs so that children can play hockey, artistic performances and dinner theatres happen, flu clinics are manned, roadside garbage is picked up, and daily meals are delivered to seniors. All of these programs and events enhance life in Stettler. And all of them are run because community members see value in stepping forward to contribute.

In Stettler, local firefighters and police often volunteer for food bank pick-ups or charity check stops. Their employers support this and make our community a better place to live. These employers see value in their employees giving back to the community and ultimately it reflects positively on them.

Employers may wish to consider just how “engaged” they are in their communities. Sometimes the payoff may be with employees who like the employer and plan to stick around. Or it might be a way of attracting employees who wish to work for businesses that are well-thought of in their community.

In any case, it might mean communities have the volunteers they need to run worthwhile events and programs. And it might mean employees who are attracted to or choose to remain with employers who care. It might just be another creative way

to attract and retain employees.

Just Posted

100 Men Stettler gearing up for next meeting June 4th

Local group has raised thousands for community non-profits

Music in the Park kicks off in June

In just a few short weeks, great tunes will be heard in West Stettler Park

Stettler’s history richly showcased at local museum

The Museum features several original buildings from Stettler’s past

Leasee frustrated with work stoppage order at Paradise Shores

On May 17th, the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) issued a stop order at the site

Mock Accident held at Wm. E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus

The accident, along with a distracted driving obstacle course, was held for the graduating class

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

School bus crash in Edmonton sends 12 to hospital, 2 with broken bones

Alberta Health Services said there were no life-threatening injuries

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Supreme Court of Canada won’t hear Alberta murder appeals

Sheena Cuthill and her husband Timothy Rempel were found guilty three years ago of killing Ryan Lane

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Most Read