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Employer-supported volunteering benefits: gift exchange among employers, employees, and volunteer organizations

Booth, Jonathan E., Park, Kyoung Won and Glomb, Theresa M. (2009) Employer-supported volunteering benefits: gift exchange among employers, employees, and volunteer organizations. Human Resource Management, 48 (2). pp. 227-249. ISSN 0954-5395

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Abstract

Using gift exchange theory to explain the growing trend of employers offering employer-supported volunteering (ESV) benefits, this article discusses the creation of exchange relationships between the employer and employee and between the volunteer organization and employee. Hypotheses derived from the employee's perspective are tested with a nationally representative sample of volunteers (n=3,658). Findings suggest that ESV benefits are positively related to hours volunteered by the employee. Volunteer hours predict employee perceptions of skill acquisition, and such perceptions are positively related to perceptions of job success and employer recognition. We discuss the implications of these findings for business, employees, and volunteer organizations, with an emphasis on human resource management policy and practice.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Employment Relations and Human Resource Management Group
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2010 10:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30020/

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