The community relations department at Texas-based National Instruments organizes volunteer opportunities for the company’s 2,200 U.S. employees and has 40 staffers engaging workers in volunteer efforts. But that’s just the beginning.
So far, 24 employees have received paid time off for company-arranged volunteer work. Employees who find their own opportunities need a manager’s approval to receive paid time off to do it.
The result of the program is employees who are more connected to the community, says Lauren Niver, community relations coordinator. Volunteer work also helps employees find work they are passionate about, which can translate to workplace motivation.
The company also pairs with the University of Texas’ Lego Mindstorms mentor program, sending National Instruments employees to train teachers to use Lego hardware and software designed for classroom use.
Contact: Lauren Niver at (512) 683-5912.