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Just Cause: 5 Ways to Empower Employment Through Philanthropy

Over the past few weeks, we’ve identified ways in which companies are working to empower employment – both in their local communities and beyond. From external outreach programs to in-house training and development programs to initiatives that help the long-term unemployed, more and more companies are finding innovative ways to combat the growing skills gap.

And the examples keep coming. Continue reading >>

By in Empowering Employment, Philanthropy

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Are You Bringing Your Dog to the Office Tomorrow? June 25 is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Take Your Dog to Work Day, started by Pet Sitters International, was first celebrated in 1999 (with 300 companies participating) to celebrate the companionship of dogs and encourage people to adopt dogs from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.  As we’ve discussed in the past, this annual event encourages employers to experience the value of pets in the workplace for one designated day, for the primary purpose of promoting pet adoptions and better the lives of shelter dogs. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, News & Events, Philanthropy

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What Do Candidates Really Want This Holiday Season — and Are They Getting It?

coloreddotsWhile it’s true that many companies have been forced to make difficult business decisions this year, many employers still plan to reward their employees for hard work with holiday perks like bonuses, gifts and parties — even if these perks are scaled back a bit. These results are from CareerBuilder’s recent survey about workplace holiday giving among more than 3,000 hiring managers and HR professionals. We’ve got the lowdown on what businesses are doing about bonuses, gifts, and the oft-infamous work holiday party.

By in Economy, Philanthropy, Retention, Survey Results

SHRM 2009 Voluntourism Sponsored by CareerBuilder: Rebuilding New Orleans

It has been almost four years since Hurricane Katrina, and thanks to the dedication and hard work of residents and volunteers from all around the globe, downtown New Orleans is flourishing again.  Despite this progress, though, there are many residential neighborhoods outside the downtown area still in the process of rebuilding. This year SHRM offered its attendees the opportunity to work on a service project helping those in need, sponsored by CareerBuilder. Continue reading >>

By in News & Events, Philanthropy

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Who’s Letting the Dogs Out (and Into the Office) for “Take Your Dog to Work Day” Tomorrow?

obama dogTomorrow, if you were not already aware, marks the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. (And yes, that’s more than enough reason to blast this gem from the year 2000 on full volume). According to a Web site dedicated to Take Your Dog to Work Day, the day was first celebrated in 1999. Take Your Dog To Work Day, the site says, “was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event encourages employers to experience the value of pets in their workplace for this one special day to promote pet adoptions.”

What a great concept, eh? You can register your support for the recognized day –and there’s Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace efforts you can join.

The site even includes the Top 10 “Things to say to convince your boss to take part in Take Your Dog to Work Day,” including:

  • Wagging tails work great when the a/c is on the fritz
  • Meetings end as soon as Rover starts staring at the conference room door
  • Finally, someone at your office will actually be working like a dog

Doggone it

Despite the good intentions of this reserved day in which the greatest of human companions may roam the halls among us or take a swig from the water cooler when no one’s watching, however, controversy abounds as to whether dogs should be allowed in the workplace at all.

Are dogs allowed in your office — and if they normally are not, should you bend the rules, even just for this one occasion? That’s what the Marine Industries Association of South Florida has been doing.

Even The Obama family’s Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, has apparently been spotted hanging out during White House meetings. However, what works for one (oval) office doesn’t necessarily work for another, as the writer of a blog on the Sun-Sentinel contends. The decision often depends on the office environment and the dog itself. Business owners who allow dogs into the office on a daily basis stress that it boosts employee morale. But employees who aren’t comfortable with dogs may feel trapped, and obviously, some dogs are more “office-friendly” than others. On the other hand, you may work in a very dog-friendly office — and share a mutual love for dogs and acceptance of their co-habitating in your workspace.

Tips for bringing your favorite canine friend to work

  • Be respectful to your co-workers. Be sensitive to those who are allergic, scared of, or otherwise uncomfortable with dogs in the office. Check with your co-workers before bringing your fine fluffy friend with you to ensure that everyone is on board with it. If bringing your dog in presents a problem, work to find an alternative that works for everyone — or find another way to give back to the canine community — like The Humane Society.
  • Use your best judgment. If you know that Ruggles is an out-of-control 3-month-old who has yet to master the art of bladder control, it’s probably not in your best interest to bring him along to roam the cubicles (and will probably also score you a lot of lunches alone in the near future). Your dog should be trained, well-behaved, and have the ability to keep the barking and tearing up the carpet to a minimum (unless your co-workers are okay with that).
  • Keep your dog happy — and it’s likely everyone else will be happy. Little things like bringing your dog’s favorite blanket or treats to make him or her feel at home and occupied can make a big difference. The Examiner offers some tips for your dog’s big day out.

So the question remains: Will every dog have its day? That’s for you — and your dog-fearing or dog-loving co-workers — to decide. What are your plans?

By in Employee Engagement, Philanthropy

Corporate Philanthropy: The Gift that Keeps on Giving?

If the business world were 80s teen flicks (and I’m not saying it’s not…), your employees may feel like Say Anything‘s Lloyd Dobler right about now…especially if they’ve recently seen their benefits, bonuses or even pay taken away as companies try to save money. 

Much like John Cusack’s lovable, love-weary everyman lamenting, “I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen,” your employees may be feeling  little defeated if they’ve been putting 110 percent of their efforts into their work only to get little to nothing back in return.  Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Philanthropy, Retention

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When Life Hands Your Employees the Winter Blahs, Make…Snow Candy?

The snow is falling outside, and the morale of your employees is falling fast inside the doors of your workplace. It may just be due to those ol’ “winter blahs,” or it may be an aftereffect of recent company layoffs. It may even be a mixture of both — or something else entirely.

If your employees are moping around the water cooler, sleeping at lunch, or sobbing during meetings, it’s likely not a good sign. You need to get your employees excited about coming into work again — like, now. It’s important to remember that just because employees are on your payroll doesn’t automatically mean they love their jobs or wish to stay with you for the long-term. As an employer, your responsibility for their well-being is just as important as it was six months or a year ago – if not more important.

But when things are so bad, how can you make work fun again? You may be surprised to find that a lot of little things can add up quickly to thaw out your employees’ frozen hearts.

By in Employee Engagement, Innovation, Insights & Trends, Philanthropy, Retention

Philanthropy: Are You Making it Your Business?

Happy Martin Luther King Day, everyone. As I sat at my desk this morning, reading through various articles and blogs discussing the historical significance of this holiday, I began to think about Martin Luther King Jr.’s immense contributions to philanthropy – and the various ways in which people are contributing their service to others today in remembrance of him. According to a Washington Post article, Americans are participating in 11,000 service projects around the nation today. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Philanthropy

Hiring, Open Jobs and the Economic Crisis

Like most people in the U.S., I’ve been watching the news and wondering what all the economic craziness means. What’s interesting for me right now is that I’m taking a couple of economics courses as part of an MBA program, and I also have access to data that provides a different perspective on the economy than you’ll see on the nightly news. Continue reading >>

By in Economy, Philanthropy, Talent Acquisition

Managing During a Fuel Shortage

Although my frugal soul would detest paying more than $3.99 for a gallon of gas, I started to question that gas prices were only $3.99 in Atlanta this weekend. When the first local gas station ran out of gas, I thought it was a little odd. But when I saw stations with 30+ cars waiting in line, and many others running out of gas, I knew we had a problem. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Philanthropy

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