In this day and age, it seems we are so busy at work that we don’t have time to contribute our knowledge to anywhere else but our own companies. We may find that we have ideas and information that we wish to share with others; however, we’re not really sure how to accomplish this or even how to get started.
It’s not only healthy to contribute outside of work, but almost a must for our own sanity. If we can give back to the community within the realm of our chosen careers, it not only can satisfy our own personal intrinsic values, but also help to refresh and re-energize our feelings around the work we do so we can try to avoid burnout and disengagement.
Most companies don’t seem to actively engage their employees to spread their knowledge outside of work. It seems many in-house programs, if offered at all, are either not related to the work employees do or they’re offered in a passive manner such as a prescribed list of volunteer-type opportunities that people can sign up for.
Wouldn’t it be nice if companies proactively encouraged people to give back to the community by asking them to write articles, helping them to formulate ideas and words to share outside the four walls of the company, partnering with local schools and employment committees to give others opportunity to learn about and gain perspective about their chosen line of work?
Instead of giving you a list of what you can do on your own, how about tackling the challenge of creating a program proposal or a plan to take to your company leaders to help change how your company views corporate citizenship? If your company isn’t quite ready for something like this, it could start as a grassroots effort and grow from there. If successful, it would bode well for when you present it to corporate leaders.
Stay tuned for part two of this article, which will suggest ideas of how to get started with this effort.