Chapter 3

DOING GOOD: LEARNING BY VOLUNTEERING

WHAT IS IT?

Volunteering involves providing your knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as your time and energy, without establishing an employment relationship and usually without any monetary compensation. Employees who take on volunteer roles are able to build new skills and practice existing skills in a different setting from their day-to-day jobs. They can try something that is different from their usual work and bring back those skills, thereby adding value to their employer by improving their current job performance. They may even enhance the succession management efforts of their employers because they become ready to move into positions of greater responsibility faster and more effectively ...

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