The Impact of Employee Volunteer Programs on Intent to Stay, Job Satisfaction, and Organizational Commitment among Young Professionals
Hoerter, Jessica L.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Fine Arts and Communication
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Employee volunteer programs (EVPs) are becoming increasingly popular among American businesses because of the many benefits created by these programs. Young professionals care about giving back to their community more than any other population and it is projected that this population will be nearly half of the American workforce by the year 2020. This study examined the impact EVPs have on young professionals in terms of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and intent to stay with their employer. Responses from (N = 104) young professionals throughout central Wisconsin from various professional backgrounds were examined. Overall, results revealed that EVPs do positively impact young professionals’ job satisfaction and plans for retention. Findings also indicated that job satisfaction and components of organizational commitment mediate the relationship between EVPs and intent to stay. Practically, these findings provide insight to employers seeking to effectively promote and communicate an EVP to their employees not only as a way to recruit and retain young professionals, but to benefit the employee, the organization, and the community as well.