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How Can Your Company Benefit from Giving Back

By Kelly Kuhlman December 13, 2017 by Kelly Kuhlman

Reveal at the PantryIt might be common for companies to make charitable donations. There are those few companies that go above and beyond those charitable efforts, with initiatives like donating time, talent, money or goods. Giving back to your favorite charity feels good, there’s no denying that. But your charitable initiatives can have a greater impact on your company more than you think. The days when donations were all about the tax break are gone. Organizations are searching for ways to build on their teams’ skills and connect them to worthy endeavors that resonate with what they do at work.

Combining efforts in charitable activities brings people together to share their voice and work jointly for a greater cause. Organized efforts at work give employees a sense of equality where titles and salaries are out the door. Giving back to the communities shows potential customers, employees, and competitors that your brand is connecting and making a difference.

The company where I work, Reveal, encourages skill development and growth beyond the workplace, which is a great motivation for our team to be better and deliver to an overall purpose-filled environment. Success is not only determined by your bottom line, but also by your legacy.

Why Should Companies Give Back to Those Around Them?

Creates a Sense of Unity Within Your Team
Giving back is a beautiful thing that connects people together in a vulnerable way. When you allow your team to volunteer, you’re creating stronger bonds between employees. Many companies tend to structure their team-building events around volunteering, and when done right, the outcome can be truly amazing. Here at Reveal, they provide their employees with time-off to contribute to organizations or to a local cause that results in meaningful team-building time. We share our stories and efforts and talk about how we could do more, it is such a great feeling to have this support from the place you work.

For larger companies with many different departments, volunteering is a great way to bring people together and bridge the gap between departments. It can also help with future project collaboration.

Build Connections Within Communities
Giving back has a ripple effect: when businesses help their communities, their communities help them. Which ultimately creates long-standing relationships. Building a reserve of goodwill in your community means there will be people there to back you up and speak up on your behalf in the future.

Connecting with communities goes beyond social benefit. Not only will industry leaders and regular customers speak positively about your brand and support your company. In terms of business networking and industry status, your brand will build a reputation for being compassionate.

We want those potential customers, employees, and competitors to see we are more than just a company that provides SAP-Centric supply chain services, and that our company is powered by purpose from the core.

You are Positively Impacting Someone’s Life
There’s no doubt that when you help others you feel good about yourself. The same goes for your team. If you want to build strong employee connections, encourage them to participate in charitable or volunteering events together. Why? Because when you give people the opportunity to help others, they become better themselves and proud of the company they work for. When employees feel connected to their job, they will naturally invest more of their time at work, which is favorable to a company’s success.

An employee here at Reveal shared with us, “I learned it’s not always about money. Sometimes it’s about shared talents, knowledge, ideas or just another person who listens, cares and understands. Maybe I can’t change one person’s life, but together, we can help them do it.”

When passion exceeds basic employee engagement, you’re giving employees a voice and the chance to make a difference on a much bigger scale than what they could potentially do on their own.

Most Importantly, Have Fun Giving Back
Giving back gives you the feels. It helps employees to generate new skills, engage with their communities and succeed by means of helping. But, the most important thing to remember when your giving back is that it’s a fun, inspirational, interactive activity. Companies that volunteer or donate to different organizations rarely have regrets about it, and usually, once they start they tend to commit to bigger projects down the line.

It’s always fun getting our team together for a charity event, helping out at a local event, or pooling together some food, toys or clothing for a community drive. Giving things to people in need always helps you to feel better about yourself and your contribution to life. At the end of the day, enjoying work is one thing, but giving back and thriving in the environment you’re in means that you’re contributing too much more than your daily role. Employees that like work more are definitely good for business.

See Reveal’s Team and how individually they give back to their community and the places around the world. Reveal not only donates their time and efforts, but they always include others around them; families, clients, and friends to include everyone in these amazing transforming causes.

How Will You Engage Your Team?

We challenge you to create a corporate give back plan and make giving back a part of your company’s mission. Engage with your team and start participating in charitable activities. Look at some of Reveal’s efforts and inspire other leaders by sharing your ideas and experiences

If you cannot give back financially, then the best way to contribute is volunteer time and knowledge. Small or big, the point is to show employees that no matter the extent of your help, businesses, and individuals can show support in the smallest of ways.

Uncovering the potential of the supply chain is what we do. Improving lives is why we do it.

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