Employee Engagement – Team Work and Volunteering

Originally posted on Modern Boss Lady

Are you already on the Employee Engagement bandwagon and looking for some new ideas on what to do next?

Maybe you’ve already done a number of team building activities in your staff meetings, you’ve already made several changes in the way you run your team, and you’re ready to find something that’s a little more creative.

What about volunteering with our team, and assisting your community?

Sounds like fun, but not sure if it’s worth it?

Let’s think about the benefits of volunteering with your team.

  1. You can use it to work on some of your team’s skills. When you come up with a great volunteer opportunity and need to get the team organized this might be a great time to review some of your individual team member’s goals and see if any of them align with the skills needed to organize your activity. This way you can still concentrate on your regular work, the team building activity can still take place, and your team members learn something at the same time.
  2. They’ll get to know you better outside of the regular work you do. Sometimes the best part of employee engagement is the team getting to know their leaders better, and when this happens they start to see you as more of a real human being, and they might even find that they really like you. The benefit of this, of course, is that they’ll be more likely to want to rise to the occasion when you really need them to.
  3. Everyone will feel good about helping others. One of the best things about volunteering together is that you get to make a positive impact on someone else’s life, no matter who you decide to help. And who doesn’t want to feel great about themselves at the end of the day?
  4. If you run a small business, it’s important for you to make connections to your community. The more you get your company’s name out there, and show that you’re willing to help, the more other small businesses will reach out to you for help and possibly funnel business your way.

After everything is said and done you will hopefully have fun with your team, get to know everyone better, and feel good about what you’ve been able to accomplish. Bring up the idea at your next staff meeting and see where the conversation takes you. You may find that your team already has some great ideas about who might be able to benefit from your time as a volunteer.

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