Did you know that giving ripples through communities, schools and yes the workplace, when people choose to give to others. Giving takes just a few minutes, costs nothing and can change the culture of where you give. Small acts of giving are a powerful mood changer, not just for the person who gives but the person(s) that receives the give and those who witness the give. Holy cow, how does that happen? And if this is what happens, why aren’t more of us participating in giving on a regular basis? Giving in the workplace is an easy place to start. Whether you are a company of 5 or 500 employees, encouraging your employees to give will have a positive effect on your workplace culture, increase the overall well-being of your employees, and build a positive habit that employees can take with them into their communities. What is cool about giving is that once you start, it actually is hard to stop. Getting into the rhythm of one small act of giving every day changes how you view the world, the role you play in our communities and that giving actually does make you feel happier.
The research on giving explains it all. Schools are adopting the practice of giving to help students how to be happier, how to positively effect their own communities and be giving leaders in their communities. Many of us in the work force missed these lessons, so introducing giving into the workplace is a great way to pass on the benefits of giving to each of your employees.
With the shift in how we work, using giving as a way to create a community culture works in the age of hybrid work forces. If you have a team of people working in person, giving will also help to spread happiness on the floor. Here are just a few benefits of giving in the workplace:
Sound familiar? Companies have spent thousands of dollars on employee team building events when all they had to do was create a culture of giving in the workplace. The benefits are the same as team building events but giving ripples outside the workplace and into the community in ways a team building event can not. It is this ripple effect that makes giving more powerful than any team building exercise your company can do. Your employees will end up touching people outside of your offices and work spaces and spark a giving mentality outside of the four walls or virtual spaces of your company.
If you are an employee reading this, you can easily start giving in your workplace and spreading the joy of giving through your daily actions. These actions can be as simple as complimenting a fellow employee on their work, or recognizing the hard work of another. It could having a coffee with a new employee or sharing your volunteer experiences with others.
If you are the owner of the company, general manager or executive, you can introduce a culture of giving using The 365give Challenge, a challenge that uses three steps to get your employees giving. The rest is up to them. YOu can formalize giving in the workplace or plant the seed by sharing the information. What is critical to the 365give Challenge is that those who give decide how they are going to give. This independence helps to spread giving faster, farther and effectively. Letting employees be the leader of their giving is the best way to have giving ripple.
Interesting? You bet! Giving is an a great way to tackle the well-being and happiness of your employees head on. Try The 365give Challenge in your workplace and watch the ripple effect of giving happen!