Have you ever really loved the company that you worked for? Did they give you the feeling that what you did was important and your contribution mattered? It is possible that the company was following the principles of a socially responsible employer that Companies the Care Day brings awareness to. The Center for Companies that Care works to enhance the well-being of employees and communities by inspiring companies to use the principles in their daily business practices.
Learn about Companies That Care Day
Companies That Care Day is about celebrating those businesses out there that care about their employees. Everyone wants to work in a place that pushes us to grow, encourages us, and enables us to succeed. Working in an environment like this can be a great source of support and positive energy. These are benefits that can flow into other areas of our lives as well. Companies That Care Day encourages us to celebrate the employers out there that are doing their bit to make their employees feel cared about and help them to progress in life.
It is also a day that encourages employers to do more. It is about raising awareness about the different steps that employers can take to grow their community and employee initiatives. There are a lot of businesses out there that could be doing more for the community and more for their employers. If you are reading this and you believe that it applies to you, why not commit yourself to doing something more on Companies That Care Day and all of the days that follow it?
After all, not only is this going to benefit all of your employees, but it will benefit you as well. If you show your team that you care about them and you are committed to their growth and wellbeing, this will benefit you in the end because they will work harder and they will feel a sense of loyalty toward you and your company. This, in turn, means your retention rates will boost and you will have a much better chance of holding onto your best talent. The most successful business owners recognize that they would be nowhere without the people who work for them.
There are a number of different characteristics that define organizations that are responsible and caring. In fact, the Companies That Care site has outlined the ten characteristics businesses should have. We will talk you through them. The first is to sustain a work environment that is founded on the respect and dignity of all workers. Aside from this, businesses should think about the human toll when they are making company decisions and they should also get involved in public policy and/or community endeavors.
Caring companies also establish and communicate standards for ethical integrity and behavior, appreciate and recognize the contributions of their workforce, and develop exceptional leaders at all levels who are great at people management. Other characteristics include enabling the well-being of their workforce and their family members through practices, policies, benefits, and compensation, as well as encouraging the individual pursuit of a healthy work/life balance, cultivate the full potential of all of their staff members, and make employees feel valued and that their jobs are important.
These characteristics can help you to understand what you need to do better as an organization. If you are an employee, it can help to show you how your company values you and the efforts they make.
History of Companies the Care Day
The Center for Companies that Care was founded in 2003 to promote the social sustainability and improvement of the lives of individuals, families, and communities through the education of employers in the principles of a socially responsible employer. These principles are the cornerstone of making workplaces a center of growth and leadership that can increase the production and profitability of the company and individuals.
Another principle that the Center tries to promote is for employers to practice employer engagement. This is something that will exist when the values and practices of an employer support and sustain not only their own goals but the needs of the community as well. Many companies show this by sponsoring community service days, donate to local charities and find other ways to give back to the community. With the goal to inspire these two principles in companies, the result is a more sustainable society for generations to come.
How to celebrate Companies the Care Day
To celebrate Companies that Care Day head over to companies-that-care.org where you can see the 10 Characteristics of Socially Responsible Employers. There you will be able to see if you are fortunate to have an employer that has these characteristics. You can share this information with those who are in leadership positions within your company and see if there are ways that you can help to shine light on the good your company does for its employees and the community.
If you are the one in a position of leadership in your company, you can host an event to celebrate the day. Let everyone know that they are valued, from the head of the company to the newest edition to the team! Everyone feels better when they get a pat on the back and know that they are a valued part of the team.
The Center for Companies that Care has many resources available on their website that can help to educate employers in your community. There is even a national honor roll that publicly recognizes those companies that strive to make the work environment something that encourages their employees to rise to great heights. Delta Air Lines Inc, Enterprise Fleet Management Inc, and Convergint Technologies are just a few of the companies that have been on the honor roll.
Make time to see if your company should be added to the list and honored for the commitment and dedication that they show to their workers and your community! Let your community know that your company is a Company that Cares!