May 13, 2020
What does it take to be a hero? For some, it might be a cowl and a butler called Alfred, to others super-speed, or super-strength, or the ability to talk to squirrels. As we discovered during the coronavirus pandemic, not all heroes wear capes – they are, to name just a few, doctors, nurses, emergency workers and millions of employees and volunteers who kept the lights on, the food flowing and the world turning.
Unless your vocation allows it, fitting the work of a hero around a job, family, friends and life can be a challenge. Here at Humanstate, we know how all-consuming work and life can be – but the company was founded on the philosophy that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”, so we give every employee, from senior management to our interns, 12 free working days a year to become a Humanstate Hero.
What’s the catch, I hear you ask? Well, there is none.
Once a Humanstate employee has passed probation, they get 12 free working days a year to support their favourite charity. One whole day a month, without taking a holiday!
Meet our Humanstate Heroes
What could you do with one day a month? Here is what some of our Humanstate Heroes get up to.
But wait, there’s more
When you give, whether it’s your time, your experience or your money – you gain. Volunteering as a Humanstate Hero is no different. Maybe someone in sales has always had a secret passion for videography and wants to build a portfolio? By volunteering to shoot a charity’s video, they can gain experience while doing good. Even by volunteering as a designer to do design work or a writer to draft copy, there are still new things to learn.
Not convinced? Here’s one of our volunteers, Robyn Andrews, on what she gains from volunteering.
“The benefits of volunteering are twofold – the charity gets the benefit of your time and skills plus you have the reward of being able to put something of value back into the community. I find it incredibly worthwhile being able to help those in need and I’ve gained invaluable skills to help within my role at GivenGain.”
Getting started is easy!
You’ve seen what our current batch of Heroes do, so how can others step up and become a Humanstate Hero?
We’ve made it as easy as possible. All they need to do is find a charity on GivenGain or get their favourite one to sign up. After that, it’s simply a matter of deciding the best way to support the charity and getting the time off approved by a manager. Next, they don the cape, get out there and become a Humanstate Hero.
When the day is done, our newly-minted Hero lets the team at GivenGain know how it went, how they helped the charity and what they got out of it. They could even be featured here as one of our Humanstate Heroes.