Inspiring ‘Time-Off’
Encouraging volunteerism for professional development and personal growth.



Bringing extracurricular activities into the workplace helps break up the monotony. Volunteering can help employees be more than a passive traveler. The company can introduce volunteerism for its employee and actively build skills in the process, which enhances their professional and personal lives.


Having the needed skills for the job and a diploma in hand may be good start, but volunteerism offers employee wonderful opportunities for professional development and personal growth. If the company are looking for ways to hack the future of learning, volunteering is a perfect platform to develop new skills, in an inspiring and empowering way.


Companies can introduce creative time off to its employee by trying out unique twists on using their paid time off, by offering PTO specifically for volunteer service. It’s a great benefit to offer employees paid time off to volunteer, because it demonstrates the company’s commitment to the community. The company can pick a project and work together on something to serve the community, such as recycling program, community garden, blood drive, organizing food for a food bank and others.

How would you stage or advertise your hack?

To be impactful, Inspiring ‘Time-Off’ volunteering hack requires more than just sending a calendar invite. It takes planning and coordination with nonprofits, employees, company leadership and requires strong management procedures to ensure results.

Volunteering is a perfect platform to learn and develop new skills. Serving on a volunteer committee or board is a great way to learn group dynamics and teamwork. Serving as a committee chair increases facilitation skills. Planning and implementing a major fund raising event can develop goal setting, planning and budgeting skills. Supervising and training other volunteers helps to develop supervisory and training skills. Volunteering offers unlimited opportunities to cultivate new skills that can enhance a career.

At its best, volunteering is a selfless expression of the best of who we are. There are no right answers for how to mobilize that genuine human desire to give our time to make a difference.