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For employees, it may be better to give than receive

Many companies are looking past traditional employee reward and recognition programs that tout raises and promotions as ways for improving worker well-being and output.

Many companies are looking past traditional employee reward and recognition programs that tout raises and promotions as ways for improving worker well-being and output.

Instead, these firms are asking their staff members to give rather than receive. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, volunteering is a proven strategy for improving workers’ connection to their employers.

The key is not just to allow staff members to take time off to volunteer, but to actively encourage and promote it, the news source explains. This shows workers their skills are recognized as valuable both in and out of the office, and gives them a chance to further develop leadership talents.

"Employees who know they are doing good – and doing it on their company's clock – spread that good around the office," the newspaper writes. "Increased productivity, improved teamwork and a proactive work environment are just a few of the benefits that employees, and their employers, can enjoy."

Firms can even advertise opportunities within the office for volunteering singly or with a group of co-workers, allowing for colleagues to bonds.

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