Be the Champion for Change your Organisation Needs
Want to set up a Workplace Giving program in your workplace but not sure where to begin? We’ve outlined the benefits to you and your employer to show you how effective and easy it can be! Having the right program leads to greater staff engagement, retention and productivity, and instills a sense of pride in your employees – what’s not to love?
Benefits for Employees
I feel proud to work for this company with the knowledge that they are actively seeking to better and improve the world that we live in today.
Workplace Giving is the most simple and cost effective way to donate to the causes you care about. Donations come straight out of your pre-tax pay making it a straight-forward approach, plus you’ll receive an immediate tax benefit rather than having to wait until the end of financial year. Workplace Giving minimises administration costs for the charity, allowing it to commit to long-term programs, and ensures the funds go straight to where they’re needed. Not to mention the sense of pride and meaningfulness you will feel knowing you and your colleagues are working together to support important causes.
Benefits to Employers
Studies show that Workplace Giving attracts talent to the organisation, and helps to retain staff as they feel more engaged with an employer who clearly demonstrates that they have a broader role to play in the community in which they operate. Performance will inevitably improve with an engaged workforce and your organisation will be viewed more favourably.
Employee Recruitment and Retention
40% of employees with lower levels of engagement are likely to leave their employer within the next two years.
Studies show that organisations with high employee engagement experience significant benefits across a range of business indicators. Highly engaged employees are less likely to leave the organisation. Workforce stability contributes to customer retention, enhanced reputation, the preservation of valuable corporate knowledge, improved organisational performance and a significant reduction in employee turnover costs.
Improved business performance
Organisations with high employee engagement experience 2.5 times greater revenue growth than those organisations with low employee engagement and have reported profitability up to 16% higher than average.
When employees were given a social incentive such as having a charitable donation linked to their job, performance increased by an average of 13 per cent, rising to 30 per cent among those who were initially the least productive. Payroll giving initiatives also improve public perception of an organisation, attracting publicity and positive media attention, and creating trust and goodwill for the brand.
The process of setting up a Workplace Giving program is most likely simpler than you think. In fact, all modern payroll systems can facilitate a Workplace Giving program. The Australian Tax Office has provided this helpful checklist to help your business get your program started.
Reassure your colleagues that Workplace Giving does not affect an employee’s superannuation or payroll tax calculations and is not counted as a fringe benefit. A workplace giving donation reduces the donor’s PAYG liability but it does not decrease their gross income.
 Australian Charities Fund, Engagement: Recognising the value of workplace giving (June 2013), p.13.
 Australian Charities Fund, Cutting to the Heart of Workplace Giving (November 2009), p.14.
 Pro Bono Australia, Corporate Philanthropy Increases Workers’ Productivity – Study (14 January 2015).