The value of every member of the Socius team stretches far beyond their successes and achievements at work. That’s why we feel it’s important to encourage our team to share their skills and experiences by ‘giving back’, in their own way and to a cause that means something special to them.
As a people-centred developer, we’re always keen to support charitable organisations, community initiatives and local groups and in order to embed this ethos and ‘practice what we preach’, we provide every member of staff with two ‘giving back days’ per year, to be spent on an activity or good cause of their choosing.
From coaching the local football team to volunteering at their local Healthy Walks scheme, there are so many ways that our team is making a difference in their local communities.
We encourage as many businesses as possible to do this and here are some simple reasons why:
- Feel Good Factor - When we do something good for someone, we get a natural buzz, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces or joy in their eyes is infectious. Making giving back a part of your regular activity, is therefore a great way to help staff feel happy!
- Keeps us Healthy - Feeling good helps reduce stress, which in turn, helps keep us healthy, both mentally and physically, equalling less staff sickness and a more productivity.
- Helps Connect with Communities - Giving back is a great way to meet new people, who share common interests and a passion for your shared goal. It helps us to learn new skills, share new experiences and create memories for ourselves and our communities.
- It’s Contagious - Acts of kindness are often reciprocated or paid forwards, creating a ripple effect that continues to make a real and lasting difference to a community and the people it serves.
- Creates a Legacy - To quote Gandalf in the Hobbit “Some believe it is only GREAT POWER that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small every-day deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”
Each month we’ll be sharing stories from the Socius team about how they’ve been using their giving back days to make a difference to local communities. Keep an eye out for our Director, Daniel May’s blog post coming very soon…