August 5, 2011 Tessa Duckett
The second aspect of well-being is community. How well does your company support your community? Do they give back significantly? What about events that the employees can participate in? Do they sponsor good will events?
One event that a previous employer implemented was a “loving fund”. This was an employee based fund that only the employees contributed to. It was run by a small committee of employees, and as employees had certain situations, life-changing situations, we would use the funds to buy them things out of the fund, such as groceries, gas, transportation, medication, school supplies, there was no limit. We would have different drives to help raise funds, bake sales, car washes, candy-grams, and other creative events.
My company has participated in Food Drives, Coat Drives, Blood Banks, Cancer Walks, Disaster Relief funds, Education Funds, and many other community events. The great thing about this is that none of the events are run by leadership. The employees gather the team for the events and participate. They are enthusiastic about representing our company and supporting our community.
Even during hard economic times, people are still giving. Individual giving rose 22% in 2010. Corporate giving, which is tied to corporate profits, rose an estimated 10.6 percent to $15.29 billion, according to the American Association of Fundraising Counsel.
You may never know when in your life that you may need assistance, so be a cheerful giver!