Inspiring creativity; improving team dynamics; making employees feel valued. These are just a few of the psychological benefits of charitable team building.
Boost team morale. Boost the bottom line.
It’s not rocket science but it is scientifically proven that empowered, motivated employees are much more fulfilled by and committed to their work.
According to an article in psychcentral.com, “Certainly pay rate, benefits and time off are linked to job performance. However, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association (APA), feeling valued is a key indicator of job performance. Employees who feel valued are more likely to be engaged in their work and feel satisfied and motivated.”
Even during the pandemic, the stress levels from remote work assignments are significantly reduced for staffers who like their jobs and feel valued by their supervisors.
If the corporate culture is the company’s “personality,” then it makes sense that a friendly company will make workers feel welcomed. Constant exposure to a moody, snarky, vicious “personality” is toxic, tyrannical, and debilitating. And sometimes people reflect what’s in front of them. See snarky. Feel snarky. Act snarky.
A vibrant corporate environment encourages employees to take ownership of the company’s vision and to accept responsibility for their share of fulfilling it. When the atmosphere is charged with creativity and innovation, staffers can’t contain their excitement about working there!
Normalizing charitable team building
Just imagine a company full of workers who are jazzed about their work! It could happen and here’s how: give everyone something else to focus on—something apart from work! No, I didn’t have a blackout! It’s true. Giving your team members something else to do—something that feeds their passions—will make them more passionate about their jobs. And nothing—absolutely nothing—will geek them like charitable giving!
Calm down, Mr. or Ms. CEO! Take a deep breath and consider this. Allowing them to take their eyes off the ball in order to invest time and energy into giving generously to a needy neighbor will make them more valuable to the firm. They’ll come back more “on the ball” than ever! And you’ll get major CSR or corporate social responsibility points into the bargain. This is one of the most important psychological benefits of charitable team building.
2021: A calendar full of charitable giving opps
From National Mentoring Month in January to Child Abuse Awareness Month in April—the calendar is full of opportunities to increase awareness about many noteworthy causes and each one provides a chance to give. But you don’t have to wait for a special date on the calendar. Every day right there in your own hometown there are neighbors in need awaiting your help.
Case in point: First responders see some of your neighbors constantly at house fires, car crashes, and sadly at domestic violence scenes. And the horror is not the burning house or car or even an abused spouse. No, firefighters, paramedics, and police officers are confronted with the terrified faces of surviving children. A kid who just escaped a burning apartment; a child trapped in a mangled car; siblings staring at their feuding parents. These babies need emotional rescue and that’s precisely where you can help.
During our virtual Rescue Buddies Charity Team Building Workshop, your remote team will feel closer than ever as you make toys for these children. You’ll literally assemble stuffed bears, birds, and other cute animals for first responders to hand over to a frightened child at the moment when they really need something to hold onto.
Rescuing the illiterate
In addition to donating Rescue Buddies, you can partner with Magnovo’s Leveraging Literacy book donation campaign. You and your team will donate books to adults and children in underserved communities where library access is not only limited, but risky because of the pandemic.
According to proliteracy.org, “Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves.1 These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out…and Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.2 There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.”
Even a small donation from your company could boost their literacy, employability, and overall prospects for a better quality of life. Yes! One book donation has the potential to do all of that and more! And that’s just one more of the magical psychological benefits of charitable team building!