One of Easy Agile's company values is Give Back.
It's one of my favourites because it's not just a slogan or mindset. It's practical.
As members of Pledge 1% we give 1% of company time and profit to charitable or community causes.
That equates to 4 days per year we can take as 'Pledge 1% time' or, in other words, paid volunteer leave.
With COVID-19, we can't go and volunteer many places in-person, so I had to think outside the box about how to spend the time. This is what I did:
1. Siligong Valley #marketing meetup
Siligong Valley is a local tech community. Each month there are different community meetup events about different topics like infrastructure, product management, agile and marketing.
The Marketing meetup was a virtual event where local marketers gathered together to learn and discuss a topic together.
I was asked to speak at the event so took a day of volunteer leave to prepare the content for the session.
I really valued being able to prepare for this in work hours. I knew that by making the content as relevant as possible, it would go a long way in helping give back to the community.
I presented on the topic of content marketing and experimentation.
2. University Student Seminar
It's great to maintain a relationship with the University of Wollongong, where I studied and quite a few people on the team completed their degree.
I took 2 volunteer days to prepare and deliver a seminar to current University students on the topic of 'the power of personal branding'.
Around 80 students tuned in to the 90 minute seminar which was run twice on the day.
It was very rewarding to be able to share some career experiences and tips with those just starting out on their career.
The students were from different faculties and had different backgrounds, but they all asked great questions.
I loved being involved in these events so much that I would probably do it in my own time.
Thanks to Easy Agile, I didn't have to do that.
If you were to join the team, how would you spend your four days?