In my opinion, every great employee needs to have served at some point. Serving humbles us and teaches us so many life lessons. You can serve through community work, interning, helping out and more.
Here are a few ways volunteering will make you a better employee:
Volunteering will teach you how to focus on the work first
Because you will know how it is to work for free, you will be more prone to focus on the job that needs to be done. Getting paid is important but the job becomes easier when you see past the paycheck. Volunteering will teach you to find a sense of purpose in what you do and this alone will make you a better employee
Volunteering humbles you
Volunteering will draw you closer to humanity. Working for those in needs will make you more compassionate. This will make you a better colleague and employee. It will help you see others before seeing yourself. You will learn to compromise, to listen and give the best of yourself.
Volunteering teaches you how to work in team
When you volunteer, you have to follow a team vision . This will come in handy when you will need to work with different bosses and colleagues. Team spirit is something everybody needs to develop in their work environment in order to become better employees.
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Volunteering helps you adapt faster
By immersing yourself in new environments more frequently, volunteering will help you program your brain to adapt to new environments, people and cultures. The ability to learn quickly and to adapt is a quality many employers are looking for in candidates. Keep in mind that most recruiters want to lower their employee integration costs . The quicker you can adapt to your new environment and new ways of doing things, the better it will be.
It is a great way to network
By volunteering, you’ll build your network with other people who, just like you want to keep learning and making a positive impact. In the business world, whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to build a strong network of people with whom you will be able to exchange ideas, the best ways of reaching your objectives and more. Staying inspired at all times is an ingredient that will help you become the best version of yourself as an employee.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints