Earlier this week, I offered up an idea in my continuing series on posts on zero and low-cost ways to motivate employees – make work fun. I plan to write more about this subject in the upcoming months. But for now, I also promised another zero or low-cost way to inspire and excite employees this week, so here it is – organize a team volunteer event.
Increasingly, organizations – small, large and in-between – are recognizing the value of employee volunteerism. The reality is that when a team of people works together in harmony and fun to achieve something useful and worthwhile, then they are more engaged and more productive. And when that “something” is a charitable pursuit that is important to one or more of your team members, then you’ve got a sure-fire recipe for success. Whether it’s spending the afternoon sorting food at the local food bank, doing some yardwork for a house-bound senior citizen, or fixing the patio at the local children’s club, a team volunteer project encourages teamwork, improves communication, promotes leadership, enhances employee loyalty and retention, increases job satisfaction and morale, and even improves productivity and on-job-performance. Score!!
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