Why companies are paying employees to volunteer

One of the biggest employer trends in the world might surprise you.

That's because it is companies paying you, basically, to not do your job.

But, it's so much more than that.   

For a lot of us, volunteering is just something people do out of the goodness of their heart.

Still the world really relies on volunteers. But who's got the time?  You've got bills and you've got to a job.

In the world of business, working for nothing doesn't make sense.

But more and more employers are paying their staff to put their work aside and spend time volunteering to better the community.

One volunteer Damin Hansen told The Project he has teamed up with nurses in Tokomaru Bay, near Gisborne to help teen mums in deprived areas.

He works as a digital developer manager for Vodafone but five weeks every year, he still gets his paycheck for volunteering. 

Together Mr Hansen and Tokomaru nurse Fran have the Pepoi Ora app. 

Mum-to-be's plug in their expected delivery date and it goes to work, booking in key appointments like midwife check-ups and your child's immunisations into a calendar.

"What I love about volunteering is the opportunity to work with purpose. Meaningful work that I can feel proud of," Mr Hansen says. 

Watch the full story in the video above.