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Posted by Vivian Wong on January 13, 2010
Margo was a great host – the topic of the show was Compassionate HR, featuring people in the HR community who are working to better their communities. We were honored to be invited and clearly enthusiastic about the topic.
Some of you might remember Meg’s blog about Shelter Network in 2009 and have seen our marvelous team photo. The point is, as Meg had pointed out at the show, doing good for others is a basic human need. It simply feels good. (Meg, Amy and Angela also had other insightful comments too – but you’d have to listen to the show to find out! 😉 )
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King
We at Oracle feel fortunate to have a strong support system at work that encourages managers and employees to give back to their communities. We have the tools and resources that are available to every employee: we can either find available projects on our Global Volunteer intranet site or we can register local causes we care about and recruit volunteers internally. The company even gives us a little budget for snacks and refreshments, as well as team t-shirts. But that’s just icing on the cake.
There are lots of people and organizations in desperate need for help in the form of labor, food, clothing and love – just to name a few. (Check out this site if you want to know what is happening in your area: http://www.allforgood.org/)
There are plenty of reasons to do volunteering projects with your team:
- If you are a manager, volunteering projects provides a way to build a stronger team and does wonders for employee engagement. It’s a rewarding experience at multiple levels as your employees get to know each other outside of work environment while accomplishing something meaningful together as a team
- If you are an individual contributor, it is a great way for you to demonstrate your natural qualities and discover others as well (such as leadership, creativity, compassion etc) while working on a good cause
2010 has just begun, and I have noticed that there are more than a dozen volunteer projects open for registration at Oracle’s Global Volunteer website: they are truly inspirational, ranging from youth mentoring programs at HQ, building a hiking trail in Redwood City, food sorting at Second Harvest Bank at San Carlos, improve public education at Florida, raising funds for Aids using our call center in France and Blood Drive for the Red Cross in Slovakia etc.
With Martin Luther King Day of Service (Jan 18th 2010) fast approaching, what are you doing to answer his call?