My work is asking us to do something I think is strange

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@jb20:  Banks are big on community involvement. It is usually voluntary so it’s weird that they are “making” you. I’d be happy to participate. I always volunteer with work.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jb20:  I, too, work for a very large bank and there are periodically volunteer opportunities they send out emails for. But, in our case, they’re 100% optional.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t think it’s strage.  They shouldn’t be making you unless they’re paying you. 

It’s a nice thing to do though – I would.  We work on a Habit house and other stuff through the year.

ETA – I see that they ARE paying you.  That’s awesome!  That is actually way better on their part than just setting it up and asking you to help. 

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@jb20:  That is weird. Paid, mandatory volunteer work 😛

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jb20:  The bank is paying you because they want the bank to get the credit, not you as individuals.

I don’t think it’s strange at all. Corporate business could do a lot more for their communities.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

“Volunteer” and “Paid” in the same sentence is just making them look good…LOL 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

that is a bit strange that the company is paying employees to “volunteer” — is it considered volunteering at that point? (obviously the public views it as such)

My current company has a policy where if we would like to take a day off (one per year) and allocate that time to a volunteer opportunity, we are able to do that. Kind of “get out of the office and help others” incentive while not being docked PTO.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@jb20:  Not strange at all. I worked for a big 4 accounting firm a few years ago, and we actually had one day a year where we did community service (painting some development, cleaning out a community center, etc.) instead of work. We got paid salary so it was just like a normal workday except we weren’t at the office – I thought it was win-win.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@jb20:  Hmm…I’ve not heard of this in my particular company, but I’ve worked for others where there was paid “volunteer” work.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would LOVE for my office to get paid to go outside and “volunteer” for the community!  I’m cooped up all day in front of a computer in a shared cubicle in a windowless office.

You’re lucky.

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