In Business Performance, Culture

Extensive research shows why building a sustainably collaborative culture is good for companies. It makes companies more efficient, innovative and productive. But there are huge benefits for individual employees and teams  too.

Sometimes, if we’re going to encourage employees to participate more fully and wholeheartedy in a culture of productive generosity, we need to show them what’s in it for them.

A willingness to ask for help and give help to others at work is not just a fluffy concept. There are real, tangible, measurable benefits to being a giver at work and to asking for what you need.

When you ask for what you need, you are:

  1. Building team camaraderie and cohesion. You are reinforcing the idea that it takes a strong team to make a difference.
  2. Making other people feel better.. Don’t think you are burdening someone else by asking for help, people enjoy helping each other!  It is really a win-win: you get help and you make someone else feel good.
  3. More likeable. We like people who dare to show their vulnerability and ask for help on things that are challenging for them. You’re also setting a great example for your teammates.
  4. Getting smarter: A willingness to ask for help makes it easier to do your job, providing you with an answer, advice, or a different perspective or a connection to someone outside your network who has the knowledge or resources you need.
  5. More successful. No great achievement can be done alone, and asking for help makes us more productive.  No one has all of the resources, connections and knowledge to be totally self-sufficient and maximally effective.

When you give, you:

  1. Improve your reputation: When you help others, you become someone that others can trust and rely on when they have a future knowledge, resource or connection need.
  2. Grow and strengthen your network: Offering help to others helps you make connections within your organization that you may not have otherwise made, which will increase your resources next time you need help.  Moreover, these connections are more likely to be high-quality connections.
  3. Enjoy greater happiness and good health: Research shows that people who are givers are happier and healthier both mentally and physically. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post on the health benefits of being a giver at work.
  4. Are being the change you wish to see in the world: Giving back to others by offering your knowledge, connections and resources makes your world and your work environment a little better. It turns out giving is contagious, and work environments with givers breed more generous behavior in others.
  5. Boost your career: According to Wharton professor Adam Grant, corporate “givers” (the people who give freely to benefit others rather than because they expect something in return) are ultimately the highest performers and the most successful.  Givers are able to tap into a network of knowledge and resources that provides them with greater resources and knowledge than those who try to succeed in isolation.

What other benefits have you seen from being a giver at work? From asking for what you need? Tweet us @giveandtakeinc.com and share your experience with the hashtag #worklife.

Givitas is  knowledge collaboration platform that allows you to be a proactive part of building a positive culture of engagement, trust, reciprocity, cooperation, and information sharing at work.  A positive culture leads to greater happiness, growth and satisfaction and even better mental and physical health. To learn more about Givitas, visit our website.

Meanwhile, take our free quiz on what kind of help you most like to give at work.

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