Have you ever heard of the phrase “it is better to give that it is to receive”? Or “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”? Giving is a powerful motivator and today that I what I would like to talk to you about. The power of giving- and how do we use that to increase engagement in the workplace.
Giving can come in any shape, size, or form. It could be a nice card, ten dollars, or recognition of some sort. Yesterday I read an amazing blog post about a company that gave each of their employees $10 with a note stating that the $10 was to be used to do something good or kind for someone else. It said that the someone else could be you, a stranger, a coworker, a family member, or for the community. The only thing that they asked in return was a note/email letting the company know what they decided to do with their $10. To read about what some of these employees managed to do with their $10 click here.
The point I am trying to get across with this blog post is that giving back and showing kindness is inspiring. It makes people happy with themselves when they get to help others in need. When I was interning for Microsoft they dedicated an entire month calling it the “Giving Campaign” where they would hold different events to raise money for local charities and non-profits. We raised money for Breast Cancer, The Humane Society, for local K-12 Schools in our communities, and more. The money would come from the employees and whatever was raised would then be matched by Microsoft.
That month was by far my favorite month of my entire nine month internship. It was my favorite simply because it was a month about giving, and the amount of kindness & generosity shown by my coworkers at the time was absolutely inspiring. It created a level of engagement that I have never seen before in a company and created friendships & bonds that I still have today. So when you are thinking about what to do to increase & inspire engagement in your workplace- think about giving back!