A Culture of Giving Back Has Mental and Emotional Benefits

At Code42, one of our aspirational corporate goals is to leave the world a better place. Many companies make the same claim, but we believe that actions speak louder than words. That’s why we implemented a Volunteer Time Off (VTO) policy in 2016. Employees are encouraged to use their VTO for any kind of volunteer activity that they’re passionate about, whether as individuals or as part of a team effort. Below you’ll see what Joanna Barth, executive assistant and Colorado office leader, has to say about Code42’s volunteer efforts.

In 2016 and 2017, employees at Code42 have given back to their communities in the Minneapolis, Denver, and San Francisco Bay areas in a wide variety of ways. Code42’s VTO policy, which offers every employee two paid volunteer days per year, allows all employees to participate in charity and/or non-profit projects of their choice.

Why does Code42 encourage employee volunteerism in the community?

We want our employees to have fun while being challenged, and to understand their own potential effect on their broader community. One of Code42’s values is “Leave the World a Better Place,” and offering VTO days is a simple and visible way to allow employees to live that value. Group and individual philanthropy projects inspire employees to feel engaged and empowered both individually and with their team. Our employees are proud to work for a company which offers a strong community mindset, in addition to being a technology industry leader.

What exactly are the mental and emotional benefits of volunteering?

Employee volunteerism positively affects the health and well-being of the people who participate, according to a new study by UnitedHealthcare and VolunteerMatch. The study reveals that 75 percent of U.S. adults feel physically healthier by volunteering, as well as a stronger connection to their employers. Specific benefits include:

  • 93% reported an improved mood
  • 79% reported a lower stress level
  • 88% reported increased self-esteem by giving back

Other benefits of giving one’s personal time to others include the opportunities to develop new skills and to build on existing experience and knowledge. Lastly, volunteering is a great time!

What kind of projects and organizations do Code42 volunteers support?

Recent team projects in the Minneapolis and Denver offices include:

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Bike-building for children in need – Minneapolis, MN

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Trail Construction – Boulder, CO

In addition to many group projects that have been carried out by Code42 teams, several employees also have recently used their VTO time to travel to various locations to conduct personal projects in Houston, TX (after Hurricane Harvey), as well as the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Upcoming projects during the remainder of 2017 include food, clothing, and toy drives during the holiday season, as well as a variety of group projects with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, A Precious Child, Extra Life, and other deserving organizations. Check back here for updates!

Being a good corporate citizen is just one example of what it means to #BeCode42. Are you interested in learning more? Visit our careers page to find an opportunity that aligns with your career aspirations and talents.