Give Back to Give Thanks

Three ways to benefit both your workplace and your community

By: Connie Laughlin

Supportive housing or food donation for poor

Employers who allow their employees to choose the beneficiary and take part in the efforts create an environment of respect for one another, gratitude and company pride. There’s no better recruiting tool than offering a workplace with a positive community image, and one where employees find satisfaction in their work and are happy to come to work every day.

1. Sharing your time
Giving of one’s time could very well be the biggest sacrifice. But you’re sure to find that when you carve out time to mentor young professionals, aid in fundraising campaigns or feed the hungry, everyone benefits. Whether you’re an employee or an employer, your value might be determined by the gifts you’re willing to share with others today or tomorrow. Be generous.

One winning HR initiative is to offer two paid days off to employees who volunteer at nonprofits providing services, whether they provide relief support to flood victims, raise funds for needy children at Christmastime or plant trees on Arbor Day.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

2. Sharing your talent
What are your collective talents? God gave each of us certain gifts that we can share. Can you teach something? Host an event? Mentor a young executive? A local businessman and friend of mine told me that he had a mentor early on in his professional career; he accredits his financial success to that one relationship.

You see philanthropic efforts grow morale and loyal employees. Everyone works together for the common good, no matter if we’re helping our clients or our community. We’re all working together as a team.

“For it is in giving that we receive.”
– St. Francis of Assisi

3. Sharing your treasure
Financial treasure isn’t the only kind of treasure to be given. What can you donate? What do you have that someone else could use or benefit from? Our employees at UniqueHR and Unique Employment love the Friday Jeans program. Everyone who agrees to donate money electronically from each pay period gets to wear jeans on Friday.

Toward the end of the year, we all get together and vote on a worthy charitable cause beneficial to our community, the company matches and we’re able to offer some much-needed help. We’re a tight-knit group, turnover is rare and our employees are enthusiastically engaged because we enjoy what we do – and part of that is giving back!

“We rise by lifting others.”
– Robert Ingersoll

Connie Laughlin is a business consultant for UniqueHR. UniqueHR provides payroll administration, workers’ compensation insurance, a safety program, risk management, a human resources program and, optionally, benefits – all as a package. For more information, you may contact Laughlin at 361-852-6392 or conniel@uniquehr.com.

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