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Do You Participate in Office-Sponsored Drives?

At the beginning of last night's episode of Mad Men, the team plots how they can beat out other agencies by winning the yearly blood drive. Their tactic is more competitive than charity-driven (Don suggests they hire mail boys and elevator operators and pay them to donate blood and pretend to be part of the ad team), but it got me thinking about how certain charity efforts or drives can become competitive in the workplace. Do you donate funds to (or participate in) office-sponsored runs or donation drives?

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rickimc rickimc 8 years
I work at a non-profit, so we are always raising money.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
haha Caterpillar, i may agree with watching tardiness but you're a hardass eh? i agree with donating blood, so i'm happy to comply with that. right now they're doing a charitable campaign at my office and i feel obliged to donate money off each paycheque and frankly i feel very ogligated into doing it because everyone else is, but it's my first year, and i don't feel it's really necessary for me to do it right now...but i probably will anyway
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No and i think the people who go to donate blood are wasting company time
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I work in a hospital and I my office is on the same floor as the department that is responsible for holding health fairs to attract new patients to the hospital. I sometimes help them out when they're involved in a major health fair or blood drives.
baybug baybug 8 years
My company doesn't really have a competition with other companies. There is more competitiveness between departments and sometimes I think they get out of hand.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i do sometimes. my agency has a team that does events each month that they try to get everyone involved in, and to be honest, if it's one that i'm in agreement to and one that i would support anyway, i am usually more compelled to donate and give to the cause. i like that there is sometimes and organized way to participate especially living in a city like NYC when it could be daunting on how you can contribute.
Dr-No Dr-No 8 years
I think its so horrible when companies get so competitive they punish employees for not contributing to these drives. I like to donate to charities I want in the honor of someone I choose--not in honor of "company ABC." Some companies are so horrible with the pressure, just so that they can say "We donated 2 million to xyz charity!" Hello? Its from the employees! Grrr! Sometimes I feel horrible but I don't even give at the supermarket checkout. I hate that, too!
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