It’s that time again. It’s Movember! (November renamed.) If you think we may have accidentally pressed the ‘M’ rather than ‘N’ on our keyboard, then there is a good chance you haven’t yet heard of Movember; the month long, moustache-growing event which is a campaign designed to raise awareness surrounding prostate cancer. The ultimate goal of the movement is to raise awareness and encourage regular check-ups and early detection.
Movember is a fantastic way to unite any workplace, from small businesses to global corporations, and it is a great way to get behind a brilliant cause. For this reason we should all be encouraging others to take part. Businesses can encourage Movember participation in the workplace by holding fundraisers or moustache growing contest for the month of November, where the winning team/person could win a prize and/or a donation from the company to help fight prostate cancer.
If your company is considering participating in Movember here are a few things to consider:
From an employer’s perspective…
Movember comes with plenty of opportunities to work together in the office and support a good cause in a fun and engaging way.
Policies: It may be an opportunity to remind employees of particular policies; such as your dress code policy and the particular paragraph that mentions anything of the facial hair variety.
Naturally, this contest might possibly exclude the women within the workplace, so perhaps give them the responsibility of encouraging their work colleagues to attempt to grow the most impressive moustache by the end of the month. This will be effective at spreading the word and engaging support and boosting morale.
Impact on your clients/customers: Will the unshaven faces of your employees have a negative effect on your employees doing business with your clients/customers? It is a worthwhile cause and it is only for a month however and if explained I’m sure most people will understand why your employees are a little more hairy than usual.
Matching donations: Some companies will match the money its employees raise for Movember. Think about if this is viable and what you could potentially as a business donate.
Publicise your company’s participation: Use your internal email list or intranet, put posters up, post about Movember on Facebook or on your LinkedIn page. Put a Movember collection box on the desk at reception to help raise funds and spread awareness to all who visit your office.
Competitiveness: Create a competition to see who can grow the best Mo in the office. The winner receives the honour of being the Man of Movember. (Nothing like a bit of healthy competition.)
As an employee…
In your ‘down time’ you have the freedom to express your individuality as you like through your appearance, but when you are in the workplace it’s a bit different. Does your company have a dress code policy which mentions facial hair? It might be worth a check, before you ditch the razor and start dreaming of growing your Mo.
Just in case your team/office will be participating in Movember this year here are the official rules of Movember:
- For the entire month of Movember each Mo Bro should grow and groom a moustache.
- Don’t fake it. No beards, no goatees, no fake moustaches.
- You must begin on the 1st Movember with a clean shaven face.
- Use the power of the moustache to create conversations about men’s health and to raise funds for prostrate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
- Each Mo Bro must conduct himself like a true gentleman.
Still confused as to why November is now unofficially called Movember follow this link!
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