It’s always during the holidays that I reflect back on whether I gave enough the past year. Not necessarily money but time. It also got me thinking about our team at Tribridge and how many of our folks are involved in giving back to their local communities. We have folks all over the country involved in the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, Achilles International, homeless shelters and many other organizations.
The most important thing is that they’re involved. We have received a number of awards and attention throughout the past 12 years about our company. I always say it’s three things: culture, culture, culture. The big part of that culture is how much our team members want to give back and be involved. We all come to understand the strong connection to building our local communities and how that helps us personally and professionally.
If you’re a pretty hard core type that needs ROI, then I would suggest looking at the return from a perspective of team work and employee retention. You can’t put a dollar amount on that. But the bigger picture is that we all know in our guts that we need other people in our lives for different reasons. Giving back to others completes the circle.
The best advice I typically give someone who has not been involved is to just get started doing something. Something you are passionate about is best, but just start giving back.