June 17, 2013
By: Josh Youman, Magnet 360 Director of Talent
Many employers do great things for their employees and communities by matching charitable contributions to excellent causes. Magnet 360 does this as well. On top of providing charitable donations and community fund-raising events, Magnet 360 has intentionally tried to make a difference in our community with an innovative program called Paid Volunteer Time-Off.
Among the many benefits that Magnet 360 offers, Paid Volunteer Time-Off (PVTO) allows employees to volunteer, or do something charitable, in the Twin Cities community and beyond, and still get paid for that time. For example, an employee that I supervise, Jenny Savage, recently had an opportunity to volunteer for a community project through Habitat for Humanity. PVTO enabled her to go out and help that cause, and still get paid for her time like she was at work. That is Rockin.
I’ve sometimes wondered myself, and others have asked me, what are the benefits to Magnet 360 of having PVTO? Why would a company want to give its employees more time-off? I can speak from personal experience about that. After using my PVTO for things like book fairs, tutoring children, professional‐skills mentoring and coaching of youth and high school sports teams, I now understand. By providing me with the opportunity to stay actively involved in the things I am passionate about, Magnet 360 allows me to have perspective on what is really important in life and adds a huge dimension to my job satisfaction.
Jenny works with me in my department. She is in a demanding role and has been extremely busy lately and, because of that, the timing of her PVTO request was not ideal. But it was a very worthwhile project and something that she really wanted to do: organizing a cross‐company team to assist in the building of a house for Habitat for Humanity. How could I possibly say no to that? She personally got way more out of that one day than I would have gained from having her here at work. Jenny got to feel great about doing something positive in the community and in being supported by her employer to do so.
At Magnet 360 PVTO brings people together, increases employee morale and, simply, makes people happy. The leaders of our company understand what makes me, Jenny and our coworkers tick. They see the value in offering something that may not bring in new business or add profitability on the bottom line. Magnet 360 is feeding the top line – greater appreciation and company satisfaction for its employees. Offering and sponsoring this time away from work demonstrates that they care about me, and more importantly, the community in which we live and work.