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Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp 467–482 | Cite as

Corporate-Sponsored Volunteering: A Work Design Perspective

  • Karl Pajo
  • Louise Lee
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Abstract

This study explored employee perceptions of participation in a corporate-sponsored volunteer initiative. Drawing on both questionnaire and focus group data, this study reaffirms the importance of altruistic concerns as a key driver for employee involvement in corporate- sponsored volunteering. Characteristics of the volunteering activity also emerged as important determinants of employee’s initial engagement and ongoing motivation for involvement in corporate-sponsored volunteering. In the same way that models of work design point to the value of enriched jobs, we see that there is scope to consider how corporate-sponsored volunteer programmes can be enriched so that employees have satisfying experiences and are more likely to participate. Enhancing perceptions of task significance and meaningfulness and incorporating relational elements into the volunteer activity seem to be especially critical in this regard.

Keywords

corporate social responsibility employee volunteering job crafting prosocial motives task design volunteering task attributes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Management, College of BusinessMassey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand

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