Community engagement can be defined as the process by which community and people collectively build ongoing, permanent relationships for social benefits and outcomes.
People want to live in communities where they feel safe, welcomed and part of something. We all want to engage with our community, right? I believe the answer is yes, but I find a lot of people just don’t know where to start or what it looks like specifically for them. Giving back doesn’t have to be a complicated process. In fact, it can be a great thing to do with your friends!
To get you started, here are five ways you can start engaging with your community:
Community engagement is not only important to the community itself, but also to the mental health and satisfaction of your employees. Offering employees a chance to give back is good for the bottom line and can increase engagement. In fact, a study conducted by The Case Foundation found that “Millennials want to create a positive impact on their community and the world through their work.” With Millennials making up roughly 50% of the US workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030, it’s important for employers to understand their workplace wants.
Community engagement is never “one-size-fits-all.” It’s all about creating an individual or family plan, being realistic with what you can and are able to do and acting. By creating a culture of community engagement, you can encourage employees to give back and get involved for higher workplace satisfaction.
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