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Kick Start Giving At Work With These 15 Work Gives!

We spent at least 2080 hours at work every year, 70% of our time! Giving at work is a great way to give every day and make a happier work environment. We hope everyone has a happy place to work, but making it happier, every day, will increase your productivity! Imagine that. And here we thought if we worked harder, put in longer hours, and came up with brilliant ideas every day, we would be happier at work. If you complete one small give every day at work first, your creativity and work place happiness will increase and productivity will be easier, way easier! Then you can apply hard work after that but give first and witness how your work day flows and how hard work becomes a breeze.

But how can you combine work and giving? I can’t take hours away from my already busy work day and give. Giving every day thankfully takes a few minutes, not hours so you are off the hook. The first rule about giving every day is – make it easy. There are so many work place gives you can do every day that take just a few minutes to complete but result in hours of work place happiness.

15 Gives Perfect For Your Work Place or Office

  1. Donate leftover food from an office meeting, lunch, or conference. All those muffins, sandwiches, fruit trays, and veggie dips can be donated to a local shelter, or passed out to the homeless on the street. Find a few agencies, shelters or soup kitchens close by and call one after each office catered lunch or meeting. If you were really on the ball, order a bit more food knowing that you will be donating left overs to a local organization.
  2. Post giving ideas on your company social media accounts. Show customers how they can pass your product forward to others, or suggest that customers buy two products and donate one. Be creative and see how your giving idea ripples through your office and clients.
  3. Listen to your customers and ask questions. When was the last time you talked to a customer about something unrelated to work? To your product? To your service? Ask a heart felt question like, how are you today, and really listen to the answer. Or ask how their family is, or child. Instead of asking how can help you, ask how are you today.
  4. Post nice blog comments on an industry blog. If you read an blog related to your industry, post a thank you comment, or a note of gratitude for the information or article you just read.
  5. Put up a community bulletin board. Make one in your office, or where your customers are. Let anyone post community information that others can share. Focus on volunteer information, local charity needs, local public spaces, free activities. One give every week can be to add to the bulletin board.
  6. Host a free coffee event. For customers and employees. Do we need to say more….
  7. Have a discount day for veterans, students and seniors. Randomly host a discount day where customers feel honoured and appreciated.
  8. Give on Kiva to other entrepreneurs. Find other entrepreneurs that do similar work to you and donate. Once the loan is paid back, find another.
  9. Post an inspirational quote on social media, on your desk, or at the cash register. You will be amazed how people feel they read it.
  10. Donate old supplies or inventory to a local not for profit or charity.
  11. Followup on client/customer purchases. Just give them a call or shoot them an email. Ask them how the product is working for them and thank them for purchasing.
  12. Send a thank you note to a supplier.
  13. Post local charity events around the office. Information is priceless and might inspire others to give.
  14. Have a ‘donate your morning coffee day’ where staff donate the price of a coffee in an office collection and donate it to a local charity.
  15. Send out a free gift to a social media follower. Pick a random social media follower, and send them something to say thanks.

To move forward you need to give back. Oprah Winfrey

These workplace gives take no time and will make you happy every time you complete a give. A happier you ripples through the office and creates a happier work place. Try it, see what happens. If you are inspired, sign up your office for the 365give Challenge and share your work place gives on our Impact Map. Inspire other work places to do the same around the globe!


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)