If you're in the giving mood, you might seek a volunteering opportunity to help improve the world around you. A great way to ensure you don't burn out while volunteering is to find an option that ignites what motivates you.
You can do this by using the lens of Workplace Motivators to find a way to volunteer that aligns with your #1 and #2, which are what you most want, and your #6, which is what you don’t want. Using your motivating factors to find a way to give back will ensure the opportunity fuels you while helping others.
Here are the best volunteering opportunities for each!
#1 and #2 Interest - Theoretical/Intellectual: Expanding Information
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest want to acquire knowledge, discover, and find learning opportunities. This person wants all available knowledge on the subject to understand it, regardless of the direct application. They like learning for the sake of learning!
If you have an intellectual drive, feed your desire for new information by finding a volunteer opportunity based on gathering knowledge.
#6 Interest Theoretical - Honing In Focus
People with this as their #6 interest use experience, intuition, and real-time research to solve an immediate need. They only want the knowledge necessary to accomplish the task. They pursue knowledge on a "need-to-know" basis.
#1 or #2 Interest - Utilitarian/Economic: Optimizing Organizations
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest are driven by practical results, maximizing both efficiency and returns for their investments of time, talent, energy, and resources. They are passionate about return on investment and want to build a framework that maximizes the time and talent they invest in a project.
#6 Interest - Utilitarian/Economic: Giving Selflessly of Your Time
People with this as their #6 interest want to complete tasks with little expectation of personal return. They give freely of their time. They tend to focus on the greater good versus a return on the investment of their resources.
#1 and #2 Interest - Aesthetic/Harmonious: Creating Cohesiveness
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest have a subjective focus on the experience and the totality of their surroundings – often preferring form over function and seeking to beautify and harmonize the world around them. They have high satisfaction when they can create harmony and tranquility in all aspects of their lives. They focus on the big picture.
#6 Interest - Aesthetic: Supporting Seniors
People with this as their #6 interest are comfortable with the functionality and objectivity of their surroundings. They are not distracted in chaotic environments and can view everything in pieces and focus on one piece at a time. They focus on function over form and prefer to break a whole project or idea down into measurable parts and look at them independently. This desired approach makes them an excellent candidate for volunteering as technical support for seniors.
#1 and #2 Interest - Social/Altruistic: Mentoring For An Impact
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest are the ones you might typically think of when it comes to volunteering; they assist others for the satisfaction of being helpful or supportive. They will give generously their time, talent, and resources without expecting personal return.
While Altruistic people might want to throw themselves entirely into volunteering, it's worth considering their options and where they can make the most significant impact.
#6 Social/Altruistic: Coaching Careers
People with this as their #6 interest want to assist others for a specific purpose, not just to be helpful or supportive. They are careful with their energy and resources and want a return on their investments. Their favorite phrase might be,"Catch a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
Volunteering in career development programs is a fantastic way for them to give back. By offering coaching and skills training to job seekers, they can feel the satisfaction of helping people who want to work hard. Their assistance can help individuals secure employment, potentially resulting in career growth and stability. Or they can teach other practical skills they have experience with.
#1 or #2 Interest - Individualistic: Leading For Legacy
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest want value status and public recognition, and they want to assert control over their freedom and destiny. They are driven to create winning strategies and are passionate about creating an enduring legacy through their work.
#6 Interest - Individualistic: Cleaning Up Communities
People with this as their #6 interest want to be in a supporting role and contribute with little need for individual recognition. They focus on their contribution versus advancing their position and enjoy working behind the scenes and getting things done.
#1 and #2 Interest - Traditional/Regulatory: Affecting The Approach
People with this as their #1 or #2 interest want traditional approaches and proven methods. They abide by a defined system of living and enjoy following and enforcing the rules. Don't ask them to do something without explaining the structure and your reasoning!
They seek consistency and place a high value on working within a defined system. This makes them well-positioned to volunteer in process optimization and documentation.
#6 Interest - Traditional/Regulatory: Innovating Education
People with this as their #6 interest want new ideas, methods, and opportunities outside a defined living system. They enjoy challenging the status quo and finding new ways to complete routine tasks.
Find A Way To Give Back
By embracing your #1, #2 and #6 interests you, you can find a way to give back that feels satisfying while helping the people around you. If you're interested in learning more about Workplace Motivators, contact Suzie Price.