What if the best way to motivate your staff isn’t more vacation time, free food or a games room, but instead an opportunity to use their skills to help others in need?

It’s an employee perk sometimes described as a social sabbatical or “experteering,” which allows staff to spend paid time away volunteering for social causes close to home or in emerging countries around the world.

More companies are offering various versions of the volunteer gig, catering in part to the rise of millennials in the workforce who, numerous studies show, want to work for companies that give back to society.

Companies benefit from having more engaged, well-rounded employees, many of whom also come back with broader skills and possibly new business relationships from the experience. Many corporations also use the opportunity to leverage their products and services and boost their brand through these employee ambassadors.

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