As the leader of our staffing and search companies for over 30 years, I consistently focus on how to improve our business and our client businesses that we serve. One of my core beliefs and guiding principles is that when leadership works consistently over time to build employee morale, businesses thrive and achieve greater results.
Michigan Staffing and Aspen Search Group are in the people business. We know that attracting and retaining highly-motivated employees is a key to success. I believe that “Giving Back” is an important and meaningful way for companies to build morale by encouraging opportunities for their people to be involved in community service.
At our companies, One of our Core Values is “Give Back – To Share our Talents, Time and Success with the Community”
Why does participation in community service benefit your employees, teams and business?
- Community service, or volunteering, is a means for individuals to make a difference “hands on”. It is a way to improve lives and impact the local community for the better. Employees walk away knowing they shared good will and feeling better about themselves and the world around them.
- Community Service broadens your network. It is a great opportunity to meet other volunteers: like-minded people who you would not meet otherwise.
- It benefits your career. Many of the skills that we develop when involved in service are also skills that benefit us in the long term or in other areas of our life.
- It makes people more satisfied and happier and builds high morale.
Why does improving morale benefit your bottom line?
Your culture is healthier when your people are motivated and engaged!
Some of the real data concerning the impact of improving morale include the following:
- High morale is healthy; conversely, according to the American Psychological Association, low morale is bad for the organization, and for the individual – driving more ills like depression and heart disease.
- When employees see that their employer has a real concern for their welfare, efforts like leadership development and employee retention are more successful.
- Productivity goes up – by 21% according to a Forbes study that looked at the bottom-line impact of creating a healthy work-life balance for employees.
You should encourage a “culture of volunteerism” as was described in a study from Deloitte. It raises morale among your people and improves peoples’ perceptions about their work environment. The Deloitte study found that 89% of employees see volunteer activities as key to creating a healthy work environment.
Happy people are creative, engaged, and productive. From my point of view, that’s a recipe for a healthy and growing organization.
We recruit, prepare, and retain great talent.
If you’d like to know more about how we can help you find the right people for your organization, please contact me directly.