If you read my blog about career hell or any of my blogs on networking, you will know that I am a major advocate for helping others in business. Why am I so adamant that you need to go out of your way to help others? Because first, I don’t think you really need to go out of your way and second, karma doesn’t always have to be a bitch. Doing good deeds leads to doing well.
A New York Times article about Wharton Professor Adam Grant claims that “helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity.” He’s done the research to prove it.
Personally, I have seen the results of giving and how it impacts your career positively. Giving can increase your corporate visibility, increase your skills which will help you get promoted or make it bearable to continue in a job you hate while you search for the job you want.
Not only have I seen the impact that a good deed or well-placed time spent can make, but I have been the recipient of others who have had no reason to help me other than, they could. Since I’m asking you to do a five-minute favor, I’m keeping this blog really short. Think about someone you know who is in need of a job – we all know many someones – and then look in your rolodex i.e. cell phone contact list or LinkedIn and find someone who may be in the position to hire that person. Then pick up the phone and make a referral. It’s that simple and it may even take you less than five minutes.
If you actually do it, let me know. Leave a comment or send me a message on LinkedIn.