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How you can give at work and help others feel better?

CHRISTMAS is a time for giving – but with money tight for most of us this year, the way we give may have to change.

Sir Winston Churchill famously said: ‘We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give’, so giving your time, ideas and understanding may better reflect the true spirit of Christmas, especially in your working environment.

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Giving to others at work is vital

The recent ‘Friends in the Workplace Survey’ found giving to others at work is one of the most important things we can do in the office.

With almost three in five employees saying they valued giving at work more than a higher salary.

Alongside this, 54 per cent felt being appreciated by others was a key reason for them staying in their job, radically reducing staff turnover and improving workplace happiness.

So how can you give at work and help others feel better? Here are the top five tips from Sun Jobs.

1. Chatty Cafes

Give the gift of time with a ‘chatty café’. Designate a table in your works canteen for staff to sit if they’re feeling lonely, low or just need to talk.

Ensure you regularly sit and really listen to how people feel.

2. Introduce a ‘Giving at Work’ Scheme

Payroll giving allows staff to donate to their favourite charity without paying any tax on it.

It must be paid through PAYE from your wages or pension.

3. Volunteer Days

Ask your firm to set aside a couple of days each year as volunteering days.

You can either volunteer for a charity of your choice or organise the whole workplace volunteering together for the same charity.

4. Step up for the extra office jobs

From fire wardens to first aiders, every workplace has a number of volunteer posts they need to fill.

Stepping up helps others and means you get to meet lots more people around the business.

5. Consider the benefits for you too

Giving a little extra can help build your skill set and showcase your leadership ability.

If you’re looking to climb the career ladder or build your network, it will put you front of mind for any new move you want to take.

Giving it all you’ve got to find a new job? Here are three different roles where you can give as much as you get.



Help give others the gift of a well-earned break with this exciting new role at Airbnb.

Senior Partner Lead, Gifting, Airbnb, London

The Job: Working closely with the director of commercial incubations and other gifting business development leads, the Senior Partner Lead, Gifting, is responsible for managing partner relationships for Airbnb’s third party gift card program across EMEA.

What You’ll Do: Focusing on defining Airbnb’s regional gifting strategy and accelerating growth across physical and digital retailers and B2B incentive platforms, your role will involve defining regional strategy in terms of positioning, market expansion and retailer distribution.

You’ll Need: 12 or more years’ experience working in gift card business development or account management is needed.

Along with a proven track record of effectively managing the day-to-day of existing partnerships.

Apply Now: Get the full Senior Partner Lead, Gifting details or search for other jobs at Airbnb.


This special charity role has giving at its heart.

Senior Heart Story Officer, British Heart Foundation, London

The Job: As Senior Heart Story Officer you’ll help manage the workload of the Heart Story Team by sourcing powerful stories that connect people with the cause.

What You’ll Do: An expert interviewer with the ability to draw out people’s stories, you’ll positively manage relationships with the people who volunteer to share their experiences to create marketing campaigns.

You’ll Need: As well as understanding what makes a good story and being emotionally astute, you’ll be adept at managing a diverse project workload including fundraising, marketing, communications, policy, retail and medical.

Apply Now: Get the full Senior Heart Story Officer job spec or check out all roles at the British Heart Foundation.


With so many of us facing a difficult winter, give your time and skills to making life a little warmer.

Domestic Gas Engineer, 247 Home Rescue, Romford

The Job: The Domestic Gas Engineer will join a diverse team of heating experts to provide home heating services in the Romford area.

What You’ll Do: From completing annual boiler surveys and installing new boilers to providing breakdown services, you’ll work with field support managers and office support staff to respond to customer call outs as needed.

You’ll Need: A one-year qualification in plumbing and domestic gas is preferred but not necessary, however you will need a CCN1 certificate and a full driving licence.

Apply Now: Find out more about the Domestic Gas Engineer role or browse all jobs at 247 Home Rescue.

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