A recent article in The Conversation explores how sports people can benefit from being involved in activities and initiatives other than their specific sport. Marcus Rashford is cited as a great example of creating a purpose and identity away from the football pitch, through his campaigning to end child poverty. Conventional wisdom would have it that involvement in other areas could divert energy and focus away from the sport, with performance suffering as a result, but the opposite seems to have been true with Rashford. His game seems to have improved alongside his involvement with his charitable work.
The sense of purpose and sense of perspective that derives from doing something meaningful can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives and contribute enormously to our wellbeing.
So the organisations that are supporting their people to get involved in initiatives beyond their core role are likely to see the benefits.
A recent survey by Pilotlight who connect businesses with charities, shows the pandemic has ignited a desire in many employees to get involved in volunteering, but they need the support and guidance of their employer to do it.
With remote working creating a sense of isolation for many and the pandemic fuelling uncertainty and ongoing change, supporting your employees to come together in or with a community to find purpose and create a positive impact beyond their roles, could bring real benefit to all involved.
You may also like our blogs from earlier this year looking at aspects of the working environment which can impact mental health:
How banter can affect our mental health
Creating more supportive workplaces for LGBT+ team members
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