Encompassing a volunteer leave bank, employee community grants, fundraising and matched payroll giving, Because We Care is the first program in Australia to introduce a ‘volunteer bank’ to enable its people to take more than one day of leave if required for voluntary activities.
realestate.com.au’s Executive General Manager of People & Brand, Simone Carroll, said the program is designed to maximise the ability for its employees to tangibly contribute to social and environmental issues.
“Each realestate.com.au employee receives one day of paid leave to volunteer in a community or conservation project. Each year the company wide allocation of volunteer leave is placed into a bank. If an employee’s volunteering activity requires more than one day of leave, you can apply to the bank for the extra time you need to make a difference. When the bank is empty, employees who haven’t taken leave are still entitled to take one day of paid volunteer leave,” Ms Carroll said.
“realestate.com.au is known for being innovative and this dedication to new approaches has been incorporated into our new community program. In particular, the new volunteer bank means our employees can take the time they need to maximise the contribution and value they create. We are really proud to be the first Australian corporate to introduce this approach,” she said.
Ms Carroll said it was another reason why realestate.com.au remains a great place to work.
“We want realestate.com.au to continue to be one of the best places in Australia to work, and for employees to not only be proud of the work they do for the business, but for the positive and meaningful impacts they can bring to the communities in which we work,” she said.
Volunteering Australia CEO Brett Williamson commended realestate.com.au on this initiative, acknowledging the benefits that positive social participation brings to both the community and realestate.com.au’s staff.
“There is overwhelming research that shows that volunteering enhances self- esteem, enjoyment and health for those volunteering, so the volunteer bank is a win-win situation,” he said.