Being able to work together as a team is one of the biggest assets that you can have in the workplace. Volunteering as a team takes teamwork to a whole new level. Monday, January 19th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and in our office, we all have Corporate Social Responsibility on our minds. Why? Because Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” This day incites Americans to think about giving back and serving others, and it’s a great time for companies to take initiative in organizing community service events for employees.
The benefits of team volunteering are practically endless. Not only are you helping others, but you’re helping yourself improve as a person. Giving back gives you the opportunity to help make change in a community and work towards something great while also empowering your own self-worth.
Open up the conversation with your boss and work and see what you can do on MLK Day this year to give back to the community. Need some help to back up your case? Among countless other reasons why it’s important to give back, here are the 3 biggest benefits of team volunteering.
1. You’ll gain a huge sense of achievement as a group. You’ve bonded with your coworkers over drinks or at parties, but have you ever bonded over working towards a goal together? Team volunteering allows members of your group to work together in ways that they may never have expected to be able to. Sure, you may work together in the office, but have you ever worked together cooking food to serve at a homeless shelter or building bikes to donate to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one? This type of bonding is unlike other team building that you’ve done before – you’ll grow together as a group and on a personal level, you’ll gain self esteem and self worth.
2. You’ll work towards your company’s policy for Corporate Social Responsibility. Odds are, your company has a policy or a quota for yearly Corporate Social Responsibility actions. Employee engagement surrounding CSR is on the rise, and there are so many different ways that your company can devote time to a cause while making it into a bonding event as well. CSR not only evokes the great feeling you get from volunteering and spreading love to others, but it also sets a high standard for your company.
3. You’ll partake in something memorable that couldn’t be done by sitting in a conference room. What a great reason to get up from your desk and get out of the office! By planning a service day, you and your team could have the opportunity to take a day outside of the office helping others and creating memorable experiences together. You think your best memories at work were times that you sat around the office with coworkers going out your daily routines? Probably not. You’ll have the chance to network and meet new people in your company in the process, too.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this upcoming Monday, do your duty to society and take part in a day of service. Can’t do it this Monday? Well, the good news is, there’s never a wrong time to give back!
Do you have a cause that you or your company is passionate about? We may be able to help. We offer different charity team volunteering events that can help your company give back to an organization revolving around something you feel passionate about. We help out kids in need, animals, veterans, disabled individuals and more.