Corporate Largesse Helps Employees Choose Employer

October 6, 2004 ( - A recent survey of Pacific Southwest employees by Deloitte & Touche states that corporate community involvement makes a difference for employees choosing between jobs.

Sixty-five percent of Americans employed in the Pacific Southwest region would choose to work for a company that supports charitable causes when deciding between two jobs with similar locations, responsibilities, pay and benefits. However, this is below the national average of 72%.

Other findings of the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, are:

  • Of Pacific Southwest respondents, 91% think it is important for companies to make contributions to nonprofits.
  • Eighty-eight percent believe it is important for companies to offer volunteer opportunities for their employees.
  • Eighty-two percent say that workplace volunteer opportunities help companies contribute to the well being of communities.
  • Sixty-three percent of respondents think that they help to communicate a company’s values/
  • Fifty-nine percent think that volunteer opportunities at work boost morale at a company.

“The market for talent is competitive and a company’s commitment to communities is a decision factor for many Americans,” said Tony Buzzelli, vice chairman, national managing partner, U.S. Regions, Deloitte & Touche, in a press release. “We have found both statistically and anecdotally, that people want to work for an organization that lives its values and gives them a reason to feel proud.”