I came across an inspiring article in the Philadelphia Business Journal yesterday. The article highlighted IMA Consulting, a health-care consulting firm in Chadds Ford, Pa., for their annual volunteer day. Each year, the firm takes a day off from the office to give back to the community by volunteering in the Chester County area. This year, the firm spent their volunteer day at the Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Avondale, Pa., cleaning inside and outside and reading to the children. In addition to this day of community service, the firm also provides employees with two days of paid community service leave annually. As an advocate for community service, I find it inspiring that this company encourages their employees to give back to the community both as a group and on their own.
What do you think: should companies provide paid leave for volunteer work?