Posted by Christina K. Bell
I recently read an article published by the National Federation of Independent Business entitled 6 Ways Small Businesses Can Give Back to Their Community. It made me think about how the company I work for gives back to the community and how other companies can do the same.
I am very proud to work for a company who believes their commitment to provide exceptional services through exceptional people should extend beyond their physical walls and into their community. BLS’s commitment comes in various forms and includes volunteering time to nonprofit activities and events, providing education and advice, and sponsoring local organization and community events. Employees of BLS are also encouraged to give back to their communities and throughout the year employees are provided specific volunteer opportunities. Many BLS employees serve on local charitable boards and committees, coach youth activities, and volunteer in a variety of ways to nonprofits in which they share an emotional connection or have a personal interest.
People enjoy working for companies who genuinely care. Here at BLS the average employee tenure is 9.5 years as opposed to 4.6 years, which is the average employee tenure per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as of January 2012. I am a long-time employee of BLS and believe this is a direct result of BLS making social responsibility a core value. BLS’s demonstration of genuine care towards its clients, employees, and community has honestly sustained me in being a motivated and dedicated employee. So if you’re looking to motivate your employees and demonstrate the care you have towards your community, below are a few simple ways your company can give back:
1) Organize an Employee Volunteer Day – Organize an employee volunteer day, perhaps by building and repairing houses for those who don’t have the means to do so or have a company team in a walk or 5k. For the past two years BLS has participated in a local charity walk and has had excellent employee turnout and raised funds for the cause. We thoroughly enjoy spending the day together outside of the office participating in a great charitable event.
2) Host a Collection Day – On the last Friday of each month employees at BLS are allowed to wear jeans for a donation of $3. These funds are then donated to a local charity. Additionally, we have collected food for local food banks along with coats, shoes and toys for other local nonprofit charities.
3) Join a Nonprofit Board – Many of our employees serve on nonprofit boards, bringing with them their financial and accounting expertise. This is a great way to share your company’s expertise with the community.
4) Sponsor Events – Nonprofits often need gift certificates, merchandise and financial sponsorships for fundraising efforts. This is a great way to assist a nonprofit if your company has limited time.
One might say that throughout the year these activities add up to a lot of time that could be spent working in the office being productive. But in reality these employees are being productive – it’s just for another person’s gain.