There are many ways to make your work “grass” as green as anywhere else. One of the best ways we have found for either a business owner or an employee is to come up with something that is big to do, and I mean Big with a capital B. Not just the next big idea – of course, that’s always a good thing – but I think of “big” as an idea that your group can rally around. An idea worth pushing yourselves and striving to achieve.
BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST – Some Big Ideas for Your Company
- - Develop a goal to serve somewhere in the world as a group
- - Designate a segment of your firm’s work, or a percentage of it, to fund a cause or some underserved need
- - Raise money or awareness for a community project through a free campaign that utilizes more than just design
- - Start a mentoring program
- - Become dedicated to a major footprint reduction – carpooling, biking, etc.
- - Train as a group to do some beneficial activity
- - Learn something new every two months for a year
- - Coordinate and run a blood drive
Some of these may seem really big, and some may hit you as not big enough. Add your own brainstorms to the comment section or jot them down on that “idea list” of yours.
The bigger the goal the better! I wrote about “Serving Up Change” in Parse, which focused only on the serving aspect of this initiative, but I want to expand that idea more here because it is something we all should pay attention to. We all get those urges to do something massively huge or impactful, and I believe there is no better way to accomplish this than by positively impact someone’s life through your work and energy.
THE BENEFITS OF BIG – A Few Plusses to Rallying Around a Big Idea
- - Taking time to do something you never dreamed of, or didn’t take time to explore
- - Team building
- - The simple joy of learning something new
- - Enjoying your workplace more
- - Learning about a community or world need
- - The satisfaction that comes from serving others
- - And, although it sounds dirty saying it, it’s great PR!
You don’t have to be the kingpin at your workplace to make change happen. Sometimes all it takes is sharing your vision or suggesting an audacious goal. It all starts with a conversation and questions like, “Do you want to be a part of a team that does something bigger than just you?”
I guarantee you that if your workplace values a challenge like that and you get to see it through, your work life will be more satisfying.