Our coun­sel­lor, Shivani Misri Sad­hoo, on how to­day’s busi­ness era is ini­ti­at­ing CSR and win­ning the hearts of em­ploy­ees

Coun­sel­lor Shivani Misri Sad­hoo on how to­day’s busi­ness era is ini­ti­at­ing CSR and win­ning the hearts of em­ploy­ees

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CSR ac­tiv­i­ties up­lift an em­ployee’s sense of team spirit and be­long­ing

Com­pa­nies to­day are work­ing ahead of time to main­tain bal­ance of per­for­mance man­age­ment while en­abling so­cial en­gage­ment through CSR ac­tiv­i­ties. Es­pe­cially in IT com­pa­nies that have iden­ti­fied it as a way to beat the com­pe­ti­tion and to stay ahead in their in­dus­try, hir­ing and re­tain­ing the best tal­ent is essen­tial. To make an or­gan­i­sa­tion the best place to work and to op­ti­mise the per­for­mance of its em­ploy­ees, com­pa­nies nowa­days set goals for their team lead­ers and man­agers to en­cour­age their team to prac­tice strong team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties of­fer ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ees to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, morale, mo­ti­va­tion, pro­duc­tiv­ity, and en­cour­age them to help and sup­port other em­ploy­ees. They get to know each other bet­ter and learn about each other’s strengths and weak­nesses.

Apart from the above, team build­ing ex­er­cises de­liver the fol­low­ing: a. Team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties im­prove per­sonal

re­la­tions and strengthen pro­fes­sional bond­ing. b. Team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­duce the chances of con­fu­sion and mis­un­der­stand­ings, in a way mak­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion more ef­fec­tive. The in­di­vid­ual is very clear about his/her goals and ob­jec­tives and what ex­actly is ex­pected of him/her. c. Th­ese ex­er­cises also in­crease trust among

the em­ploy­ees. d. Pro­duc­tiv­ity in­creases when in­di­vid­u­als work as a

team. They tend to di­vide work amongst them­selves and hence, ob­jec­tives are achieved at a much faster pace. e. In­di­vid­u­als feel more pos­i­tive and con­fi­dent. Stress dis­ap­pears and it re­flects on their work. Chances of mis­takes re­duce and peo­ple stop crib­bing and blam­ing oth­ers. There is pos­i­tiv­ity all around. There are four main types of team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­clude com­mu­ni­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, prob­lem­solv­ing and/or de­ci­sion-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, adaptability and/or plan­ning ac­tiv­i­ties, and ac­tiv­i­ties that fo­cus on build­ing trust. Th­ese team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties can be learned and prac­tised un­der a proper trainer’s guid­ance or can also be taught to em­ploy­ees by or­gan­is­ing Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) ac­tiv­i­ties where em­ploy­ees get to work to­gether for a com­mon so­cial cause that helps them gain a sense of par­tic­i­pa­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity along with the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tise team work. Em­ploy­ees get to come out of their daily of­fice-rou­tine mind­set and in­ter­act freely and work to­gether with­out hes­i­ta­tion. They for­get each other’s ranks or po­si­tions, see each other in in­for­mal clothes and be­hav­iour, and for­get their sense of in­ter­nal in­se­cu­rity and com­pe­ti­tion, and talk, trust, and act with a sense of be­long­ing to each other. CSR ac­tiv­i­ties are def­i­nitely of worth to an or­gan­i­sa­tion to up­lift their em­ployee’s sense of team spirit and be­long­ing. They bring a lot of pos­i­tive PR and vibe.

Shivani Misri Sad­hoo Founder Saarthi Coun­selling Ser­vices

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