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How to Build a Culture of Compassion in the Workplace: Giving Back & Community Service

When you hear the word “giving back” or “community ties”, what do you think of?  

For most of us, we feel a sense of warmth and appreciation to the people and communities who helped us grow. 

Whether you’re giving your time or finances, there’s nothing more important than supporting your community. Not only is it beneficial to the community itself, but giving back is also good for your company culture and personal growth.   

Importance of Giving Back 

We all have heard the talk that giving back is important, but why is it so important? Here a few reasons why giving back is one of the most enriching experiences for you: 

  • You broaden your perceptions of your community; 
  • You gain a sense of purpose; 
  • You provide a much-needed service to those in need; and 
  • You unite your community and help bridge gaps in your community. 

Help is always needed to better any community—no need at the local or national level will ever be capped. To find your passion for giving back, research your community’s greatest needs and gaps and get in touch with local charitable organizations. 

Benefits to Companies Who Give 

Just as there are benefits to those who choose to give, there are also many helpful benefits to your company when you choose to give back at the business level. 

Community Respect 

When your company shows its support for the community, you’re showing the world who you are as a company, what your values are, and that you care more about just making a profit. Building a reputation of giving as a company increases positive recognition with your customers and customer and employee loyalty.   

Company Respect 

Besides building respect for your company, giving back also helps build work culture and employee respect within your company. A strong team wants to know that the company they work for—build volunteer days into their schedules and provide them with various opportunities to give back through your business.  

Teamwork Mindset 

Volunteer work is one of the best ways to build a teamwork mindset in your workplace. If your employees aren’t used to collaborating, use a few volunteer days throughout the year to encourage teamwork and help them get to know each other outside of the office. 

Connections & Networking 

In the workplace, networking is the name of the game. Volunteer events are great ways to meet new people from other companies, especially companies whose values align with your own. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet a new vendor or partner company! 

Attract New Talent 

No matter what industry you’re in, hiring is likely one of your company’s biggest struggles right now. Believe it or not, giving back can help you attract talent—research shows that millennials and Gen Z-ers look for careers with companies who are a part of a higher purpose, like giving back and volunteering. When choosing which community events and organizations to involve your companies in, choose efforts that align with your values and brand.   

Local Legend with Hometown Values & Service

At Christensen Lumber Company, one of our core values is community service and involvement—we appreciate our community’s support, and we believe there is no better way to show our appreciation than giving back.  

Christensen supports many charitable organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society, YMCA, Builders of the Future, and numerous other organizations including local schools, charities, and youth programs. 

Giving back to the community that built us is one of our top priorities—Christensen’s unique culture of compassion and service is something that will only grow stronger. To learn more about Christensen and the organizations we support or more about joining our team, give us a call today or visit us at any of our three locations.