Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Good Works in the Workplace: Volunteerism Boosts Morale and Teamwork

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Good Works in the Workplace: Volunteerism Boosts Morale and Teamwork

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As businesses strive to be good corporate citizens, many also support their employees' charitable activities. By balancing the needs of the employer and employees, volunteer work can build teamwork and improve morale and job performance.

"Employees work as a team to get the job done and often that camaraderie extends beyond the office. They appreciate the opportunity to get involved with causes at a hands-on level," says Lo Lyons, program sales manager with ExpressJet Airlines.

After she, her mother and her aunt simultaneously were diagnosed with breast cancer, Lyons sprang into action to advocate early detection for all.

"This cause was close to me, and many of my closest friends are my co-workers," said Lyons. "We formed a walking team and raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Race for the Cure. My company and my coworkers have been some of my greatest supporters."

Employee morale at work also gets a boost from employee charitable efforts after hours.

Mark Silver, a retired Navy pilot and motorcycle enthusiast who flies for ExpressJet Airlines, joined the first annual Texas Honor Ride to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. …

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