There are two types of social responsibility: 1. providing funding and resources for worthwhile social causes, such as donating money or employee time to charities. 2. putting plans into place (like recycling in your office), or offering environmentally friendly services (like solar or ground source heat exchange). This article is focused more on social causes, charities, and giving back.
More and more, companies are realizing the importance of social responsibility and the impact it has on staff members as well as the company.
The greatest benefits of promoting social responsibility in the workplace is the positive environment that is built for staff. When employees and management feel they are working for a company that has a true conscience, they will likely be more enthusiastic and engaged in their jobs. This builds a sense of community and teamwork which brings everyone together and leads to happier, more productive employees.
If your company is not involved in the community, I encourage you to find ways to become involved. You’ll find the task rewarding on many levels. You’ll feel great about helping out and your company can reap some serious benefits.
There are numerous ways that companies can get involved. For example, at GES, we encourage our staff to bring forth nonprofit organizations that they are passionate about and then work with designated GES team members to organize events whether it be a food drive, clothing drive, volunteering, or even shaving their heads to support childhood cancer research. We also offer matching-gifts programs to supplement workers’ contributions. There may also be opportunities to donate to causes such as disaster-relief efforts. In addition, there are numerous organizations such as APWA, ASCE, NSPE, etc. that offer ways to give back by volunteering. Allowing your staff to volunteer at these events during working hours is a great way to show your company’s commitment to our community. What we have found engages our staff most is to find out what causes employees are most passionate about and align with those for better pull-through.
Whether you do it for personal reasons or business reasons, getting involved in the community will have a positive impact on an individual as a whole.