The Involved Workplace Challenge runs until midnight June 30, 2016, and encourages organizations to take an active role in promoting volunteer service inside and outside the workplace. This challenge outlines the following best practices for organizations looking to improve their level of community engagement:
Best Practices Examples:
- Creating a culture of service in the workplace
- Having a volunteer program or policy for employees
- Designating staff to coordinate volunteer projects
- Implementing a volunteer tracking system
- Focusing employee volunteer efforts
- Posting and promoting community and volunteer projects
- Awarding outstanding volunteers
Completing the Involved Scorecard
We recommend a primary point of contact/administrator register your organization as a new participant, and then add additional appropriate users to help fill out your scorecard if needed. The additional users may be identified during the registration process or at a later date.
If you are a smaller business where employees share job responsibilities, possibly select one individual to complete all scorecards.
For larger businesses, we recommend that a staff member in Human Resources, Community Relations, or similar department be responsible for completing the Involved Scorecard.
Finding Ideas for Earning Points
Check out the Involved Workplace Toolkit to read more about the importance of engaging your employees in the community. You can also find tools to help increase your score on this specific challenge (please click on the below link to access the Toolkit):
Get the workplace toolkit
Using the Involved Scorecard
The Involved Challenge scorecard contains questions targeting best practices for being a more involved organization. Once registered, your organization may access and update your scorecards at any time, with the goal of increasing your scores throughout the challenge timeframe (ends midnight June 30, 2016). Scores will be reviewed at the end of the Challenge, and outcomes will be used to determine the level of recognition (i.e. bronze, silver, gold, or platinum) and the award winners.
Although participants are encouraged to achieve as many points as possible, you are not expected to achieve all points. As noted below, an organization that receives 15 points has taken many important steps toward being a workplace that is actively involved in the community and deserving of recognition. The Involved Workplace Challenge has four award levels for Local Community Champions, which are tied to the point totals indicated below.
Striving for Award Levels
If you need assistance, clarification on a question, or would like to learn more about how to improve your score on any scorecard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org