Looking for a fun new workplace activity? Do some good.
We’re busy, and so are you. We know it’s important to give back to our communities. We look admiringly at those people we know who are phenomenally involved; they seem to do it all – serve on nonprofit boards, chair fundraising events, volunteer at the local food bank and use their social media accounts to spread the word about great organizations. Sometimes we’re jealous of those people. They’re probably also the same people who manage to work out four times a week and cook healthy meals at home. (You know the type.) We also want to work in a happy, healthy office environment. We want to feel fulfilled in our lives and in our jobs, and here’s the thing: the two can go hand-in-hand. Workplaces can kill two birds with one stone: according to the 2010 “Do Good, Live Well” study commissioned by United Healthcare, volunteering boosts both employee morale and health (by 92 and 96 percent, respectively). survey conducted by Cone, Inc. and AMP Insights, 61 percent of those ages 13 to 25 feel personally responsible for making a difference in the world. Depending on the company’s corporate mission, employees can suggest and choose among a variety of nonprofits that align with their employer’s mission statement. Work in healthcare? Investigate organizations that look to alleviate the suffering associated with disease. Education? Perhaps you could mentor a child and gain a new lease on life. Which brings us to the next point… … Employees can gain new perspectives and skills. One of the three principles Steve Jobs used to drive Apple’s unprecedented success was empathy. Volunteering creates a sense of connection to those around you that can be all too easy to lose sitting at a desk all day. Truist put it best: post for a list of resources to kickstart your company’s volunteering initiative, whether it’s at the national or local level.