Time to Give Back

It’s mid-November, the end of the year is in sight and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Before you start sending out holiday cards and updating your New Year’s Resolutions, stop and ask yourself, has your company selected a holiday community project yet? Not Secret Santa, you’ve got time for that. No, we’re serious and talking about finding a way that you can give back to the community you work and possibly live in.

There are any number of good causes to get involved with. First, check in with Human Resources to see if they have something lined up and just haven’t announced it to the staff yet. If they don’t, work with them on selecting a cause. See if you can find something that has particular meaning to your staff. For instance, if you have a breast cancer survivor on your staff or the wife of one of your employees is battling the disease, something breast cancer related would be particularly meaningful. Or maybe your office is in an unusually cold part of the country. How about organizing or participating in a coat drive? Who doesn’t have an old coat hanging in the back of the front hall closet that they’ve been meaning to donate but just haven’t found the time to give away? Don’t want to limit yourselves to coats? Open it up to all types of clothing. Or maybe organize a blood drive. And of course, how about a toy drive for underprivileged kids? That’s actually something that we do here at OSG in conjunction with the local fire department.

Not convinced yet that this is something worthwhile? According to the respondents of a Net Impact and Rutgers University survey, being able to make a social or environmental impact while on the job let them feel more satisfied with their jobs by a 2:1 ratio. The same survey found that 45 percent of employees who had volunteered with their company or co-workers reported that they were very satisfied with their jobs, compared to 30 percent who hadn’t.

No matter what you choose, you’ll be building up good will both with your employees and with the community. Make sure that everyone in the company knows what you’re doing and when and also be sure to let your community know as well. Employees like seeing that their company has a heart. And the community will feel good about having you in their midst and benefitting from your generosity.

What are you waiting for? Go get started.

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