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Encourage Kindness & Giving

It’s national volunteer week this week and a great time for managers to model and encourage giving back with their teams. Many companies indicate that they encourage volunteering among their staff, but do they really? Is it “encouraged” in that employees are expected to take on additional work so the company looks good? Or is a true effort made?

There are lots of wonderful organizations devoted to helping others in all different ways and, with employees looking for more meaning in their jobs, it’s a great opportunity to help both. Managers need to show their support by helping staff free up some time to help. Allow employees to skip “important” meetings once a quarter if they’ll use that time to volunteer—the manager can take notes and provide a quick update later. Brainstorm with staff as to how work can be divided and conquered in a way that allows a percentage of the team to have 8 hours/quarter to volunteer (and then take turns each quarter as the volunteers).

Managers and organizations who want to encourage volunteering need to show it. If a cause is truly important, resources should be provided to help. Employees know this and will see through any type of token effort.

Few people would question the need for kindness and help these days. We all need to do what we can to encourage these acts and make them a regular part of our lives. And despite what can seem an inconvenience when making plans to free up the time, most people feel good after helping, making it a win-win situation.

Find time to support a cause that’s dear to your heart and/or organization. It’s a good thing to do!

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