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As we look ahead to 2021, we wanted to share some of the amazing things the Givitas community did in 2020:

  • You made over 8,000 requests for help, advice, resources, and information. 
  • You made more than 21,000 offers of help to others.
  • Nearly 20,000 Givitas users actively participated in more than 70 Givitas groups across enterprises, associations, universities, and nonprofits.
  • Despite the challenges of 2020 (or perhaps because of them?) requests for help increased 300% in 2020 and offers of help increased 200%.

If you’d like to join one of our free groups, check out our list of communities.

You can also schedule a demo to see if Givitas would be a good fit for your group (works best with groups of at least 250 people).

We have new Givitas groups coming online daily. We’re so excited about what 2021 has to offer, because we truly believe a generous work culture can change everything.

Why is it a good thing to ask for help? 

Wayne Baker, our co-founder, wrote a comprehensive ebook here and a fantastic full-length book called All You Have to Do is Ask. However, allow me to summarize the main benefits. Asking for help :

  • Asking for advice, help, resources, or assistance is good for your health!
  • Improves productivity, team cohesion, product quality, customer service, and more.
  •  Shows you put the needs of your team, company, or project ahead of your own ego. 

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness or lack of knowledge, that it is a sign of strength. When we get help with no strings attached, everyone involved in the exchange is better for it.

CHECKLIST: Does your organization make it easy for people to ask for help at work? 

Why is it good to help others?

Adam Grant’s book, Give and Take, explores the extensive research that offering to help others by sharing your time, talent, connections, expertise, and ideas is an excellent practice. Generosity at work can make you more successful,

High-quality relationships make work more meaningful. One of the key ways to build better, stronger relationships is to build and sustain a culture of productive generosity. That’s one in which asking for and offering help is easy, encouraged, and common.

Here are some of our favorite resources related to reciprocity, asking for help, and being a giver.

The role of sharing help and knowledge in the Future of Work

The workplace is very different for most of us than it was one year ago.  Many companies are making plans for remote work post pandemic.  

In a recent Gallup poll, nearly 60% of respondents said that they would like to keep working remotely after restrictions on businesses and schools have been lifted.  

Companies have a lot to gain from remote work as well, including being able to draw on talent from a wider geographic area and lowering costs for office space.

The importance of making it easy for people to ask for help, especially when they don’t know who to ask, gets magnified in a remote environment.  

Making it easier to give help to others (while not being constantly interrupted by the dinging of instant messages) is also more important when part of the workforce is remote. 

Solutions like Givitas can be a perfect for workplaces where there are remote and/or dispersed workforce.  

As many companies are thinking about “the future of work”, solutions like Givitas are becoming part of the new work infrastructure.  Knowledge sharing and collaboration must happen more efficiently than ever.  We need to keep the culture of helping others (servant leadership) at the forefront of our efforts.

From all of us at Give and Take, we’re wishing you a happy, healthy, generous, grateful, and productive 2021. 

FREE QUIZ: What kind of giver are you at work? 

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