Volunteering has positive impact on career says US survey
08 June 2005
New York: In an opinion poll released recently, employed Americans overwhelmingly agree that volunteering in the community can help them get ahead at work.
According to Deloitte & Touche USA LLP’s Volunteer IMPACT Survey, 86 per cent of employed Americans said volunteering can have a positive impact on their careers.
Nearly four out of five respondents (78 percent) see volunteering as an opportunity to develop business skills including decision-making, problem-solving and negotiating. And, of those respondents who serve on a nonprofit Board of Directors, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) strongly agreed that volunteering offers the opportunity to enhance leadership skills.
The findings support the case for corporate volunteer programs, which according to the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, are increasingly being tied to business objectives.
"Most people are well aware of the effect volunteering can have in our communities," said Robert K. Goodwin, President and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. "The results of this survey indicate that people realize volunteering is mutually beneficial not only on a personal level but also professionally, which is important to the community, company, and employees. "
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP is the US member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, an organization of member firms providing professional services and advice.
From: CSR Newswire