Getting On Board interviews 200 trustees to establish the impact of volunteering:
•Bridging the Skills gap: All 18-24 year trustee respondents have learnt vital skills, and the vast majority (92%) of those out of work have built skills and boosted motivation
•Tangible professional benefits: A quarter (22%) of trustees have had a promotion as a result of their board level volunteering
•Employer benefits: Three quarters (85%) of bosses view trusteeship as an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills, with over half (62%) of firms seeing CSR benefits
•Boosting happiness: Trusteeship makes people happy (82%), with three quarters (73%) admitting to a boost in their confidence
It’s official – being a trustee makes the UK’s professionals happier, more confident – and perhaps even richer.
Getting On Board, the UK charity that helps promotes new leaders through trusteeship, has released new research that underlines the importance of trusteeship for professionals. Through 200 trustee interviews, it establishes that the benefits of trusteeship are not confined to the individual, with employers benefitting from increased expertise, skills and stronger corporate social responsibility programmes.
The results reveal that for job seekers, trusteeship is more important than ever. 92% of trustees who are currently out of work said they felt being a trustee was building their professional skills and boosting their motivation. 73% of respondents said that a role on a charity board boosted their confidence.
For ambitious workers, board level volunteering could provide the next step up the corporate ladder. Trusteeship has taught vital skills to 100% of respondents aged 18-24, with 65% of all trustees stating that a board volunteering role has improved their CV. A quarter of respondents (22%) even went so far as to say that they received a promotion as a result of trusteeship. Trusteeship can also be an important weapon in cultivating female leaders. 74% of polled women improved in confidence thanks to being a trustee, and 38% had new leadership aspirations as a result.
Board-level volunteering is doing wonders for UK employers too. 85% of bosses said trusteeship is an effective and low-cost way for staff to develop skills. 62% of bosses believe that firms that encourage trusteeships among employees positively raise their corporate responsibility profile.
Katherine Sparkes, Chief Executive of Getting On Board, commented: “Our research highlights the many great things about being a trustee, from the opportunity to work with new people on new challenges, to gaining additional experience to help get ahead of the competition when it comes to career aspirations,”
“Being a charity trustee does so much good for individuals, communities and charities. However, the many benefits for careers, causes, health and wealth are simply not being acknowledged widely enough. 85% of trustees don’t think volunteering opportunities are widely known. With 98% of trustees saying they would recommend board-level volunteering, it is vital that we shout about these fantastic opportunities and the good they bring into all our lives.”
Notes to editors: figures based on Getting on Board interviews with 200 trustees, past and present, during 2014. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NEW RESEARCH ESTABLISHES DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TRUSTEESHIP
AND IMPROVED PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTS