Jan. 29 is National Fun at Work Day, and while it can sometimes be hard to think about “fun” and “work” in the same sentence, there’s never been a better time to find creative ways to engage and bond with your co-workers.
One of the most fun and fulfilling team-building exercises is volunteering!
A Robert Half survey found that 61% of U.S. workers believe that taking part in charitable activities outside work makes them feel better and allows them to be more effective on the job. Many companies have responded to this by offering paid volunteer time for their employees, or by organizing volunteer projects for employees. Volunteering is a fantastic way to foster communication and trust within an employee team — and it has the incredible benefit of strengthening the community.
“It felt good to be able to do something for someone else during the pandemic. Teachers do so much for their students, so it was important to me to be able to give back to them and let them know how much they mean to us.” — Debbie M., volunteer with Ingram Content Group
COVID-19 has made it difficult for large employee groups to gather for many types of volunteer projects. That’s why Hands On Nashville’s corporate engagement team works hard to curate safe and creative volunteer project options for companies wanting to engage their employees in service.
In 2020, employee volunteers assembled more than 5,000 care kits for seniors, students, individuals experiencing homelessness, teachers, and veterans. Those kits could be assembled and personalized at home, and many employees enjoyed including their own families in the fun.
Other employee volunteers in 2020 took part in safe and socially distanced tree plantings, or done-in-a-day tech projects that strengthened local nonprofits’ core functions.
This year, when thinking about making work more fun — and meaningful — what could that mean for your team?
If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer projects for your company, we’d love to hear from you!