Community engagement has emerged as an excellent way for organisations to develop their people, in terms of both their individual skills and their teamwork.
Employee engagement programmes help employees to:
- build satisfaction and motivation through doing something worthwhile, such as helping disadvantaged individuals or community groups serving them
- develop new skills and enhance existing ones (such as communication skills) with an unaccustomed audience, which may include school children, people with disabilities, the homeless, or speakers of other languages
- build relationships with other employees in the same department or across the organisation
- meet a wider range of training requirements, which can be tailored specifically to their individual career and development plans
- improve self-confidence and create a sense of enthusiasm by bringing a project to a successful conclusion, relying on one’s own judgement, time management and intelligence rather than organisational support systems
- practice and sharpen professional skills in a non-work environment, or experience general management issues as a charity trustee or school governor.