Author Laura Shear recently wrote “Work to Give, Give to Work,” focusing on the connection between work and volunteering, and the mutual benefits that accrue to companies and employees engaging in service programs. Besides benefiting company image and brand, and creating a more productive, loyal workforce, service programs enable employees to create new team connections, build transferable skills and feel happier. She writes that “group volunteer efforts offer colleagues the chance to relate in new ways, and can help develop professional and leadership skills. ”

She cites research from the Academy of Management Journal, which concludes that employee volunteering is linked to “greater workplace productivity and satisfaction.”

See more at America’s Charities and 3BL Media.