We asked psychologist and fellow social entrepreneur Dr Jemma Harris for her take on our ethical networking events. Here she highlights how attending our events could benefit you as an individual, your business and the local community.
The business networking events organised by I Roll Up My Sleeves are a really great initiative and I am so glad to see that they are so popular. These types of events will tick multiple boxes when it comes to benefiting individuals, businesses and the wider community.
There are, of course, the very clear community based benefits that have been built into the design of the events. A range of local organisations and charities benefit from services, support, advice, customers and media exposure through the I Roll Up My Sleeves events.
What is perhaps more subtle are the potential personal benefits for the individuals attending the events and the subsequent benefits for their businesses. The events also seem to tap into the types of things that have been shown to benefit health, wellbeing and motivation. These include:
-kindness and prosocial behaviour
-physical activity (or at the very least reduced sedentary activities)
-developing new skills
-a sense of being part of something bigger than oneself
These types of activities and experiences have been shown to have positive effects on wellbeing, happiness, health, energy levels, motivation, innovation and productivity and resilience to stress.
With clear potential to bring a range of positive benefits to the local community, individual attendees and associated businesses with each and every networking event I am excited about this paradigm shift if the networking world and am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves very soon!
Dr Jemma Harris is a mum of two, Chartered psychologist and founder of Happy Little Bundles, a social enterprise providing family activity packs inspired by the principles of positive psychology and education. She has previously been a faculty member of multiple UK universities and has successfully published within international, peer reviewed academic journals.