As we hurtle towards the end, it is easy to become preoccupied with balance sheets, profit and loss and awards budget for next year. As business owners and marketers, we often get consumed by our own business goals and forget that there are others out there who are struggling with issues greater than our own. Incorporating charity into your business is a great way to revive the spirit of the staff reports and inject perspective into the daily work life.
Here are five ways to incorporate charity into your business. Not all of them require money, but they provide satisfaction and joy that comes from making a difference for others.
Give holiday to employees who volunteer.
Once a week, allow employees to come in a little later, after a little earlier, or take a long lunch break so they can volunteer their time to a worthy cause. Add them as if they were working at the time. The extra hour or so a week to employees spend on services outside the office can improve productivity by providing something new and stimulating to think about and by breaking up the weekly work schedule. Encourage employees to share their experiences with their colleagues, either through organized meetings or in informal settings like chamber work.
Participation in charity event the company.
Team building exercises can be useful for staff and can have an even greater impact when employees are spending time together for a good cause. Marathons, walk-a-thon, bike rides, and color runs are a fun way to rally employees and combine them in the spirit of helping others.
Hire someone in need.
Many people find themselves in a difficult situation because of job loss in the family. Talk to professional groups working with returning veterans, battered women, or individuals trying to break out of homelessness to find motivated employees who need a hand. Hiring new employees to support departments with high workloads as accounting, marketing or data entry.
Donate your business.
Ask for someone who could benefit from your offer. If you have a hard time finding a record, sending ad on the Internet or put fliers advertising a contribution in areas which could frequented by someone who could benefit from your services.
Give money donation to a worthy cause instead of distributing client Christmas gifts.
Many companies are limiting the ability of employees to receive gifts from vendors, tax and ethical reasons. Do some good in the world and remind your customers of the stand-up your organization by making a cash donation to the charity of your choice. Mail holiday cards to your customers containing posts with information about the charity so they can learn more about the cause for which you are passionate, and may also contribute personally if they feel moved. Pick a charity connected political or other hot-button groups to ensure that you are not inadvertently offended the sensitivity of customers while trying to do good work.
Remember, you need these charitable tendency not to be isolated to just the holiday season. Incorporating charity into your business year round can inject newfound upbeat spirit into the workplace and can make a huge difference in the life of someone else.