When joining a new company, especially if it’s a large one, it can sometimes be tough to get involved and feel connected to your company culture. However, the best way to bond with those around you is by participating in extracurricular activities—just like freshman year of college.
Your workplace may already have some options in place for getting involved outside of your current job responsibilities, and if so, great! These can be an excellent way to meet people within your company and even build your resume. However, these types of activities may not exist in your office—yet. Taking the initiative to institute them with your employer can be a huge opportunity to really make an impact. Additionally, taking the reins to implement a new program at your office can be a great way to develop additional skills and pursue interests outside of your current job description.
Every office is different, so it’s important that you keep in mind your existing company culture when proposing a work extracurricular activity. In order to create buy-in from your employer to get approval for starting an activity, it’s crucial that you’re able to demonstrate how it will create value for the company as a whole. Here are a few ideas:
Brand ambassador program
Passionate about social media? Creating a brand ambassador program is a great way for you to utilize those strengths while helping increase your employer’s brand visibility. Writing posts for your company’s blog and being active in their social media efforts is a great way to gain great resume-boosting experience, and it’s a free way for your employer to increase exposure.
Multiple studies have show that employees who volunteer through their employer are much more likely to feel a sense of belonging at work than those who don’t. By serving as a liaison for your company to coordinate volunteer opportunities, you help create meaningful opportunities for your co-workers to give back, forge connections for your employer within your local community, along with gaining valuable leadership experience.
Taking the lead to organize a book club at your office can be a perfect way to keep your mind sharp while engaging in thoughtful discussion with your co-workers. Choosing books related to your industry is a great way to demonstrate your passion for your field and helps to promote continuing education in your office. However, if your employer is open to it, organizing a book club on non-work related books is a fun option as well.
Employee engagement committee
This is a huge area of focus right now for many companies as studies have shown that engaged employees lead to increased productivity, higher shareholder return, and higher net profit margins. Creating a taskforce that focuses on fostering engagement in meaningful ways for your organization can be a great way to help build a positive company culture.
Should you choose to take the initiative to spearhead introducing company culture, it’s important to remember that your actual work still needs to be your first priority. The goal is to show your employer that you can successfully stretch and handle multiple projects at once, so slacking on your current job duties will negate the positive impact that implementing one of these activities can have. However, successfully demonstrating that you can take on increased responsibilities while investing in making your company a better place can be a great way get ahead in your current job.
Ask Levo Mentor Shama Kabani, CEO & Founder, The Marketing Zen Group, why she thinks it’s important to focus on company culture.