Charity begins at ... work
Author: Samson Date Posted:20 September 2016
We are increasingly finding our lives segmented and siloed: there is home life and there is work life. Between the two there is little time for anything else, especially giving back and contributing to the world around you.
But that doesn’t need to be the case, in fact, charity can and should become a meaningful part of your work life as not only does it provide the chance to make a difference but it has great benefits in bringing your organisation together and helping form even stronger working relationships. The following ideas will highlight how companies can bring charity to the workplace more effectively as well as showing just some of the many benefits that come from doing so.
One of the key ways to bring charity into the workplace is for individuals to share their charitable efforts with their co-workers. For example, if you are planning to do a charity fun run, by announcing it to your co-workers as well as asking if they would like to donate and/or support your efforts, they could make a real difference to your fundraising as well providing a way to get to know your co-workers better. If the workplace sees that individual fundraising efforts are welcomed and supported, more individuals will feel comfortable seeking out these challenges and getting the office involved.
The company working together
Within the workplace one of the most enjoyable and effective forms of charity is when the office joins together to support a charity, whether for a specific national fundraising day or a specific charity appeals to the office. Such efforts can include an element of competition to further encourage the staff, such as a baking competition or a fundraising drive with prizes for highest totals. Doing so not only brings the office together but it also helps encourage a wider reaching culture of giving.
Perhaps the best way to bring charity into the workplace is to make volunteering a key part of the working year. Often this takes the form of giving staff one full day each year of volunteering time where individual can select a charity of their choosing and spend the day volunteering with them or alternatively the office chooses one together and everyone goes to the same place, like an office excursion. Such initiatives both provide a meaningful way to do charity as well as help make the office even more attractive to new employees.
These are just some of the many ways you can contribute to charities within the workplace. Whether it is an individual initiative or an office-wide effort, giving back helps others as well as yourselves.