Do volunteers make better employees?

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A Terry College of Business study shows that employees who also volunteer are more productive in the job and more satisfied with their work.

The study, published in the Academy of Management Journal, indicates that “overwhelmingly, employees who volunteered gave more time and effort to their jobs, were more willing to help out their colleagues, talked more positively about their companies and were less likely to do detrimental things like cyberloaf or waste time on the job,” said Jessica Rodell, assistant professor of management and author of the research.

Rodell’s theory is that the improved productivity comes from an influx of meaning in employees’ lives gained through charitable work.

Read the study here: http://media.terry.uga.edu/socrates/publications/2013/11/Rodell2013.pdf.