Remote Partner Stewardship
Even before the pandemic, American workers were pressing for more flexibility in their work arrangements. To some degree, these changes may be permanent. The number of employees working from the office is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels. Many companies, such as Twitter, Square, Nationwide, and Shopify, have established permanent or long-term work-from-home arrangements.
- Remote work increased 44% since 2015. Since 2010, it has grown 91%. (FlexJobs)
- 90% of employees say allowing for more flexible work arrangements and schedules would increase employee morale. (Staples)
- More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees (CoSo Cloud)
Companies are formalizing work-from-home policies, and nonprofits should do the same with their core partner stewardship strategies. As remote work makes it harder for employees to feel connected in traditional ways, nonprofit partners should offer ways to build or strengthen a positive company culture from afar. Effective employee engagement is central to this strategy. Team fundraising goals, gamified annual giving drives, volunteer days, and employee spotlights are just some of the ways that you can build this perk into your stewardship activities.