Employee 1% Community Time

We value our corporate culture as one of the most important aspects of the company, and one way we give back is by employing 1% community time. What that means is all employees get to spend 1% of their time helping a non-profit in the community, fully paid for by the company. With a typical 50 week year, and 40 hours per week, for a total of 2,000 hours, 1% comes out to 20 hours, or 2.5 days of community service time. Yes, it is optional, but a good number of team members take advantage of it.

What are some advantages of 1% time? Let’s take a look:

  • Great for employee morale
  • Powerful for team building and cross team rapport building
  • Positive impact for the community
  • Helps put things in perspective

We’ve had events with Junior Achievement, helped clean up a park in South Atlanta, and have an event with the Boys & Girls Club coming up.

My recommendation is to consider 1% community time for your company.

4 thoughts on “Employee 1% Community Time

  1. David,
    It’s great to hear that you are putting your employee’s skills to use for the betterment of the Atlanta community AND paying for it! I love it!

    I challenge you to go further and extend your 1% commitment to more of your company assets, 1% of product and 1% of equity. Marc Benioff at salesforce.com designed and implemented a 1/1/1 model as part of the company mission from their launch. Check out their foundation’s model. http://www.salesforce.com/company/foundation/

    Keep up the great work!

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