Category: Engaging Employees

Articles written for CSR managers to better engage employees

Three Steps to Showing Tangible Economic Impact in Underserved Communities

Socially conscious companies are increasingly focusing their CSR programs on underserved communities that lack proper access to markets and human capital. This is largely driven by the growing wealth gap and the powerful role that minority entrepreneurs are increasingly playing in economic growth. Although minority-owned firms are generally smaller in terms of almost all metrics of business size (e.g. employees...

Four Reasons Why Engaging Employees in Corporate Social Impact is Good for Business

Employees are the most important asset of any company. Not only are they the gears that generate revenue, but they can act as valuable channels for public relations and marketing, as they are the most genuine representatives of your brand. Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group) was once quoted as saying: "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If...

3 Ways to Shape Your Employee Engagement Program

Today’s increasingly diverse and socially conscious workforce is looking for more from their employers than a paycheck. In Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, nine out of ten executives cited employee engagement as important or very important to their companies.[1] Yet, it was also surveyed that only 11% of companies have a highly inclusive work environment and only 4%...

Using Data to Champion Your Community Development Program

Creating a positive economic impact in the community is inherently valuable, however when it comes to investing corporate capital, justification is more complex. Although developing local economies is inarguably a “nice thing to do”, business leaders need hard data before taking action. When pitching a potential program with the deciding executive, there are three lines of motivation that can get...

S&P Global launches mentoring pilot for women entrepreneurs, sees early results

S&P Global tackles the challenges women face in launching and growing their businesses—from gender bias to lack of access to capital—with the same skills and insights that make us effective in delivering essential intelligence to our clients. S&P Global Corporate Responsibility recently launched a pilot program with MicroMentor to connect their employees with women entrepreneurs needing guidance, all over the...

Leveraging the power of virtual volunteering to engage employees worldwide

A unified corporate giving program with global impact? A company-wide volunteering program that gives your staff meaningful community engagement?  As a social responsibility or community development manager have you struggled to make a business case for giving back and then found that your efforts lack the impact that would make a difference to you, your employees, your company, and of...

Three Reasons Skills-Based Volunteerism Supports Retention

Driven by the economy, the need to pivot quickly to respond to market demands and perhaps most of all, by a workforce that’s recently been through a recession, employee engagement has a decidedly different face than it did even ten years ago. Here’s a sobering statistic, according to Gallup’s poll of Americans: 68% of workers are not engaged or actively...

How to Apply Any Employee Skill to Pro Bono

How do you help your employees use their unique skills for the public good? It’s a desire many people have, but a bridge that can sometimes appear difficult to cross. One major hurdle of mentoring that your volunteers will likely encounter is the challenge that comes from stepping into someone’s world and discovering how different it is. In their day-to-day...

What makes a company great: An interview with Ron Wallace, the former president of UPS

Our executive mentors have told us often that the principles that make large companies great ring true for companies of any size. Even though the issues that leaders of a large corporations deal with on a day-to-day basis don’t look exactly like the issues of small business owners, bridging that gap in a mentoring relationship is not as difficult as...

3 qualities shared by all great volunteer engagements for millennials

The experts agree - Millennials need purpose at work to stay engaged. In an interview with IndustryWeek, Joan Snyder Kuhl, co-author of Peter Drucker’s “Five Most Important Questions”, explained “[Millenials] are actually driven by making a difference, seeing that they have a contribution to a larger purpose, not just a siloed individual role...That’s because they are the first global generation...They...