Want to advance into a leadership role but keep hearing you don’t have the experience? Why not try a unique approach to demonstrate those leadership skills you know you possess. Plan and execute the ultimate community service day!
Holding a community service day will not only give you the opportunity to showcase your leadership abilities, but it will also provide you recognition in your company, and the satisfaction of giving back to those in need.
Most importantly – and the key objective behind community initiatives – is that service has a multiplying effect. The more you do and share your story, the more you can inspire others to do more, and in turn, create stronger communities supported by service.
Many non-profit organizations are looking for help painting, gardening, working with children etc. Your company can help and reap the rewards of doing well for others with you leading the way.
Here are three easy steps that will help you pull off a successful event.
- First, get buy-in from the top. Executives enjoy giving back too, especially when it illustrates their company cares about the community. If you can get a small budget to provide lunch or team shirts, it demonstrates to the employees that the company supports their efforts and is great for team building too! And get those executives signed up to work at the event. They will appreciate the time putting in some old-fashioned hard work and getting to connect with employees in a different setting.
- Second, gather a small committee to plan the day. You can delegate responsibilities to break the work into smaller chunks so you are not losing productivity. This will also give you the opportunity to demonstrate your organizational and managerial skills.
- Third, partner with an organization that supports “Business Volunteers.” There are numerous organizations around the country that specialize in matching business people with volunteer opportunities. They can find the perfect opportunity based on your group size, preferred geographic location and employee abilities.
A little elbow grease and the above steps will get you well on your way to holding a memorable community service day. Your leadership skills will be highlighted and the rewards for you and your company will be numerous.
Good luck and see you around the community!
About the Author Stephanie Kovacs
Stephanie Kovacs is Senior Manager Benefits & Compensation at Oswald Companies. She is responsible to oversee the selection, utilization and effectiveness of the company’s comprehensive benefit program; ensures the total rewards / compensation program is competitive and drives the performance of the employee population. She supervises the payroll function and works with compliance and wellness programs as well. She also takes an active role in employee relations, sustaining company culture and keeping Oswald a great place to work. Connect with Stephanie on LinkedIn.
The Oswald Women’s Leadership Council, developed in 2013 to inspire females at all levels to empower, develop and advance, has focused its 2016 education efforts around Professional Presence. Read earlier articles in this series by clicking below:
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