According to research done in 2016 by the Corporation for National Community Service, 25.3 percent of Americans volunteer, which is approximately 62.8 million volunteers. They average 32.1 volunteer hours per person, per year, which comes to 7.9 billion hours of service, the equivalent of $184 billion.

There are obvious benefits to serving and volunteering in local communities.  What’s often overlooked is what it shows about you as an individual and member of a team.

Regardless if you are already volunteering outside of work, look for opportunities to proactively serve others and you will carry that service into your work.

About the Author:  John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft and was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace in 2017. He is the host of the Follow My Lead Podcast, Author of F.M.L Standing Out and Being a Leader, and the upcoming book The Welder Leader. You can book John to speak or train in your organization here.

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