It’s funny. You read the papers in the morning or turn on your car radio on the way to the office and you’d think the whole world has gone mad. Just about everything you read or hear involves, if not sheer evil, it’s about the destruction of human lives and property or about the unpleasant, hurtful things people, communities and, even nations do to one another.
The good news is that these are all alive and well. It’s just that for the broadcast journalists and newspaper reporters, there’s not much fun reporting the story about the good Samaritan. Much like today’s Hollywood producers, they’d rather spook the average family with vampires and monster stories instead of the refreshing, clean-cut, romantic tales of the Pollyannas and the girls next door.
In reality, beyond the dreadful newspaper headlines, most people still care for one another. They still give and share … time, money, food or whatever they’ve got. The fact is, in the United Kingdom alone, the average Briton is known to donate at least ten pounds a month to charity or some good causes. Many others donate larger sums annually for doing good. In general, ninety-six percent (96%) of people give to charity as they feel it’s their duty to give back to society and help resolve the inequality using their own good fortune.
Being a philanthropist sounds big and impressive. Don’t let it fool you. They’re not only for the Bill Gates’ and Oprah Winfrey’s of this world. Philanthropy is something anybody can get into. That includes you and me. Any giving or sharing of time or money to charity is regarded as philanthropy.
Get Into It And Make It Personal. Be A Do-Gooder: One of the benefits of advocating philanthropy in the workplace is that you can align your work activities to revolve around an area of passion.
Make It Social: Rather than spending lots of money on team-building sessions, You and your team can simply choose a worthy cause and together, you can go out into the field and learn some real team-ship is.
Take Some Time Out To Do Good: One of the most common reasons for not engaging in some philanthropic work is “I don’t have enough time.” If you happen to be one of the head honchos in the office, then you’d be in a position to free up some time for your guys to get involved in some “do-good” activity. It’s been proven .. taking the time to incorporate and recognize philanthropy in a company motivates employees in better productivity.
To be sure, these are just some of the simple philanthropic things we can do at the office. There are more. You should do them. It’s good for you, your co-workers, your company and your soul!