Six Reasons Companies Should Embrace CSR

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not going to solve the world’s problems. That said, CSR is a way for companies to benefit themselves while also benefiting society. When I define CSR to the uninitiated, I typically get three reactions. Some say, “Isn’t that a bunch of greenwashing?” Read more

Why volunteering is good for business

Studies have shown: giving makes you happy. Whether it’s buying a present for your mother, giving money to a charity or volunteering at a Boys & Girls Club, we feel good when we help others. Read more

How Corporate Social Responsibility Is Moving From Optional To Mandatory

“Sustainability for a business today is not a nice-to-do thing,” said Arif Naqvi, founder and group chief executive of the Abraaj Group. “It’s a have-to-do thing.” Read more

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Lever For Employee Attraction and Engagement

As consumers are ever more concerned with where products come from, employees now want more from their employer than a paycheck. Read more

CSR and Its Impact on Employee Engagement

The methodology adopted by the Sunday Times to compile its Best Companies to Work for lists underlines a fundamental truth about corporate social responsibility (CSR) and how a business’s commitments in this area can affect its employees’ job satisfaction. Read more

Corporate Social Responsibility Promotes Employee Engagement

There’s a debate raging over whether corporate citizenship – initiatives that are socially responsible or environmentally friendly – helps make your employees more loyal and productive. Read more

When Employee Engagement Turns Into Employee Burnout

Is there a company of any significant size that doesn’t seek and venerate “employee engagement?” Twelve years ago, a colleague and I wrote a book called “The Power of Full Engagement.” The concept now needs a major overhaul. Read more

How To Increase Productivity By Employee Happiness

Whether you are an entrepreneur managing a startup, or a corporate executive with thousands of employees, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of big value from happy employees. For example, the Harvard Business Review a while back included an analysis of hundreds of studies showing an average of 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, with creativity three times higher. Read more

Positive Teams Are More Productive

All managers would like their teams to be more productive. Yet most companies are using the same old methods: strategic plans, goal-setting, streamlining operations, reducing inefficiency. Others are offering employee perks, such as on-site food, daycare, or gyms. Others are offering bigger bonuses or flexible schedules. Read more

Corporate Social Responsibility Emerges in China

The largely Western concept of “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is beginning to emerge in China. According to one study, 582 CSR reports of different forms were released by Chinese companies in 2009, about three-and-a-half times the number produced the year before.The Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges have supported the burgeoning CSR movement by publishing papers about why CSR in general is important for listed companies. Read more

A Happy Worker Is a Productive Worker

Unhappiness among workers in America is costing a shocking $300 billion per year in lost productivity, the Gallup-Healthways estimates. The recent Well-Being Index shows that Americans are increasingly unhappy with their jobs and work environments. Read more

Researchers: Flexibility May Be the Key to Increased Productivity

Across the industrialized world and across employers, there are huge variations in what Stanford economics professor Nick Bloom calls being-nice-to-people practices. These are policies that try to address the fact that men and women in today’s workforce are often struggling to balance their work and family responsibilities. Read more

Why Happy Employees Are 12% More Productive

Conventional wisdom holds that if only we pay workers enough, they’ll be productive. There may be more to it, though. Recent research hints there’s a link between employees’ happiness and their productivity at work. Some companies are taking note—and already seeing the payoff. Read more

Just Good Business

Corporate social responsibility, once a do-gooding sideshow, is now seen as mainstream. But as yet too few companies are doing it well, says Daniel Franklin. Read more

Why CSR? The Benefits Of Corporate Social Responsibility Will Move You To Act

The question is harder to answer than you might expect, principally because most corporate do-gooders approach their social good efforts with more of an eye toward impact on the community than on the firm. Read more

Why HR Needs To Take A Leadership Role In CSR

Many organizations have invested heavily in corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs  in a bid to restore trust among their shareholders, employees and customers and improve their corporate brand. But what role does HR play in CSR and does the profession need to take a more leading role in deciding the direction of organization’s CSR strategies? Karen Higginbottom investigates. Read more

Corporate Volunteerism Should Be Part Of Corporate Social Responsibility

Twenty years ago, the corporate sustainability movement was just gaining traction. Now, a company that doesn’t track its environmental footprint is the exception. Employee skills-based pro bono programs should have the same ubiquity. Read more

7 Secrets to Employee Happiness

What do you get when you combine an entrepreneurial leadership style, a company vision that focuses on passion and positivity with a self-motivated group of employees that collaborate creatively? Success. But this combination isn’t always easy. Read more

The Halo Effect

“There is one and only one social responsibility of business,” wrote Milton Friedman, a Nobel prize-winning economist. “To use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.” Plenty of climate-change campaigners would argue with that. Read more

Delivering Happiness, Company Mission and Community Movement

Is it possible for a company to “deliver happiness?”  Companies deliver pizzas, yes.  Furniture, yes.  Even technology solutions, yes.  But happiness?  Jenn Lim thinks so.  She is the CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at the Delivering Happiness, a part-consultancy, part-publisher, and part community advocate. Read more

Next Generation Employee Engagement Tools

Forget the yearly engagement survey, a raft of new technologies means engagement can be a daily occurrence. Measuring engagement levels used to mean annual staff surveys and the ability of individual managers to assess how their teams were feeling about the organization and their roles. Read more