Saturday, January 02, 2016

Telecommunications company is big into employee volunteerism, but is this appropriate?

When picking up a freebie Politico at local Starbucks I noticed a print ad by a company Charter Spectrum Communications (Stamford CT)  for its charity activity Charter our Community .  It notes that its employees had volunteered 5000 hours and improved over 900 homes of low income families.

Should associates be expected to volunteer through their employers rather than on their own with their own priorities?  I’ve actually heard of Wall Street firms managing volunteering for employees.  It could further tie the associate’s life ownership to the employer.  And back in the 1980s, it could have been a real problem for associates who wanted to volunteer say as AIDS buddies.  But even then, there was “Hands Across America” in Dallas.

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