Benefits of participation in corporate volunteer programs: employees' perceptions

Dane K. Peterson (College of Business Administration, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, USA)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 1 December 2004


This exploratory survey study investigated the alleged benefits associated with corporate volunteer programs. The results demonstrated that employees viewed volunteerism as an effective means of developing or enhancing several types of job‐related skills. This was particularly true for female employees and employees participating in a formal volunteer program. The results also demonstrated that organizational commitment was higher for volunteers from companies with a corporate volunteer program than for non‐volunteers with organizations without a corporate volunteer program. Finally, the results indicated that job satisfaction was related to volunteerism among female employees, but not for male employees.



Peterson, D. (2004), "Benefits of participation in corporate volunteer programs: employees' perceptions", Personnel Review, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 615-627.

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