We know that our employees want to give something back to society and so we encourage them to do this through our volunteering programme, giving each employee one day per year to volunteer in their local community during working hours.
We want them to share their skills and expertise to make a meaningful difference whilst at the same time building connections within their local communities.
We recognise volunteering also brings business benefits, helping our employees develop their skills, improving morale and retention rates. In 2017, our aim is to increase the number of employees volunteering and so we will be reviewing our scheme to ensure that we are offering employees the right opportunities so that as many of them as possible can take part. We will continue to look at ways to map our activities closely to the core skills we want our people to develop and recognising their involvement both through annual appraisals and through our employee recognition awards scheme, the Change Makers Awards.