Each year co-workers band together to help those in need during the holiday season all over the St.Louis area. Many offices will stick to adopting a family, but there are a number of other ways to spread the giving spirit. Why not combine a little bit of team building and collaboration into a holiday service project? St.Louis is home to a large number of outstanding nonprofits looking for help this time of year. Area homeless shelters would welcome a group of co-workers to help cook and serve a meal. The St.Louis Foodbank could use extra manpower to help sort and distribute food items. Rather than collecting donation items, employees could also plan a fundraiser for an organization or individual needy family. The possibilities are endless depending on your creativity and time.
The downfall could be that employees might need to use work time to complete some of these service projects. However, the payoffs far outweigh the small sacrifices to employers. A little bit of time away from the cubicle for employees to do a feel good activity is a great morale booster and encourages accomplishing a goal as a team. So instead of just dropping gift items in a collection box this holiday season, think about how you and your co-workers can maximize your power as team to help someone in need.