Over the past year, I have written several times on the topic “Paying it Forward”. As a positude leader, I try to incorporate this into my daily life and I strongly encourage you to do the same.
However, volunteerism at work is an whole-another level of not only giving back but also building something together. Its about camaraderie, friendships, team building and promoting your companies brand by showing support to a great cause.
A positude leader will create a WIN/WIN scenario by allowing groups of managers to hold bake sales, paint night or allow time to collect donations from fellow employees. Although it is time away from their core mission, it is time promoting your brand and building a cohesive team.
As a leader or even better as an institution, you can set a lavish goal and support your staff in their attempts to out raise another department or sister facility. Just look at the smiles on the faces of our Ambulatory Leaders at NYC Health + Hospital/Jacobi while they enthusiastically sold home made bake goods raising another 1K for “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” last week.
As their leader, it gave me a great sense of pride to see them work as a team for a great cause. Their time spent as a team will not only enhance our hospital brand, it will have a lasting effect on how they work together across departmental lines for days, weeks and even months to come.
As a positude leader, work with your team to find several great causes throughout the year to support albeit through fundraising or volunteering time at a local soup kitchen. It is rewarding and it will leave you with a euphoric feeling of making a difference!
Volunteerism at Work is a must!