When the holidays roll around it’s easy to don a festive spirit of giving—donating a coat here and dropping a dollar in the bell-ringing Santa’s bucket there—but what about the other 11 months of the year? The local community surrounding your Phoenix commercial office is a vital part of your longevity and well-being, so it makes sense you should come together as a team and give back year round. In addition to benefitting the community, these are great ways you can encourage teamwork and comradery within the office, network with other local businesses, and gain respect for making a positive impact on your community.
Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean writing a check. Here are four simple ways that the team at your Phoenix office space can give back to the community:
1. Volunteer- While financial donations can be helpful, sometimes donating your time can be much more valuable. Allow your employees time throughout the year to volunteer for a cause they believe in, or to help out the community. Offer them a list of soup kitchens, shelters, youth groups and other organizations that need volunteers to function. Better yet, incorporate volunteer work with a company-wide group outing. Organizations such as Feed My Starving Children and Habitat for Humanity offer opportunities for teams to pack food boxes and build houses, so your whole office can get their hands dirty and involved in giving back.
2. Incentivized Contests- Friendly competition can have some incredible results in your Phoenix office space. Holding incentivized contests is a great way to motivate employees to get involved. Have a food donation contest within your office offering a prize or reward to the team or person that brings in the most non-perishable canned and boxed foods. Run similar contests for clothing, children’s school supplies, and toiletries and other basic necessities, then donate them all to a local shelter for those in need.
3. Sponsor an Event or Cause- Sponsoring your own event or supporting a cause is a great way to connect with the community while you give back. Host a charity run or golf tournament and invite clients and other local businesses to participate. It’s an excuse for you to get out of the office and have some fun while doing something positive. Other options include sponsoring a youth sports team, planting trees at a local park, or adopting a highway in the area to make sure it’s litter-free.
4. Donate Your Skills- A little knowledge can go a long way. Offer your professional expertise by teaching a class to local businesses and residents. If your line of work isn’t pertinent to the audience, then feel free to change it up. Hold a mock interview workshop for those trying to re-enter the workforce, perform a magic show at a children’s hospital, or teach a dance class at the local senior center. The important thing is that you’re spending time enriching other people’s lives as well as your own.
How does your office give back to the community? Tell us on our LinkedIn page! If you have any questions regarding Phoenix office space, direct them to Camroad Properties. Check out our blog for more tips and advice on office culture!
WRITTEN BY: Portia Dempsey