This isn’t a publicity stunt. This isn’t an approach to gain good press, and it isn’t a problem to just throw money at. As Maria Tabaka describes, “While charitable donations may have an immeasurable impact on our communities, actions speak volumes as well. Giving employees time off to contribute their labor to local causes can also result in meaningful team building and bonding time.” Combining charity with your company culture is a means to create a positive workplace and mentality.
Service work as a Team Building Strategy
If you want to strengthen bonds or improve communication, volunteer work is a positive and powerful way to achieve that. As described on TeamworkDefinition, “Participating together in community service allows co-workers to see each other in a new, positive light. When workplace hierarchies go out the window, new friendships form and new leaders can emerge.” Coming together with a shared goal and having the opportunity to see firsthand how your efforts impact a person or community is powerful.
Keep Your Company Informed
Simplify how your employees and coworkers stay up to date on initiatives and opportunities. You can compile a newsletter with information about upcoming events or local charities in needs so people can find a time or group that aligns with their needs and values. Another option is creating a calendar that everyone in the office can contribute to. Using this approach ensures that no one’s favorite non-profit is left off the list. People can add events for organizations that they actively support or ones they are interested in attending.
Mentorship as outreach can manifest itself in the workplace in a variety of ways. You can leverage employee’s skill sets into programs that benefit other individuals in the community or in need of guidance within the industry. For example, “GlobalGiving nonprofit partners apply to the program and if selected, HPE conducts mentor-mentee matchmaking. Employees leverage existing everyday skill sets by providing pro-bono volunteer services to nonprofit partners.” Mentorship within the company is also an easy way to pass-on knowledge and engage.
As Shari Tishman explains, “Over the past ten years or so companies have become some of the biggest supporters of volunteering, investing increasingly more money and resources into employee volunteering programs and community engagement projects.” We can assume this runs parallel to the rise in corporate social responsibility programs. Continue these trends in your corporate sector, and you can reap the benefits while benefiting others.