4 Office Ideas For Doing Good
It's fall and everyone has already bought candy bars from every coworkers' child. And if you haven't shame on you. But this week, we're focusing on doing good in the office and I've come up with a list of things you and your coworkers can do to spread some good will and charity.
1. Donate Old Furniture
There are two types of old furniture: Old and Unusable. Often times, companies upgrade furniture when they move or when they refresh the look of their space. I suggest that companies should toss the unusable, but donate the old. Many organizations have woefully inadequate furniture that is often broken from heavy use over many many years.
Some suggestions are:
- Community centers
2. Create A Community Space
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to tour Adobe's offices in Waltham, Ma.. One of the great things I saw there was the addition of a nie conference room that was used by the company, but made available for community use. Some of the uses it saw were:
- Non-profit board meetings
- Local scout troop meetings
3. Speak Locally
Schools and colleges are always looking for relevant speakers to visit their classes and answer questions in their fields. Some of my favorite History courses in college were ones that brought visiting historians in to speak. As a student that majored in history, hearing a relevant and knowledgeable professional in the field I was pursuing gave me even more passion for the topic. A few places you might think of donating your time are:
4. Implement Earth Friendly Office Practices
There are many companies that have done a great job upgrading their systems to the latest earth friendly technologies, but one that I think has done an incredible job doing good is LPA, an architecture firm in Irvine Ca. One of my favorite things they do is recycle old architectural plans into notebooks that can be used again.
- Reusable cups
- Energy-efficient lighting, hand dryers
- Low Flow Toilets
- Creative Recycling programs
What have you done in your office to "do good"?