5 Ways to Boost Social Responsibility

Alex Curran
By Alex Curran
4 Min Read

The social responsibility movement has gained momentum in the last few years. Thanks in part to Millennials, who are more socially conscious than previous generations, many companies are starting to see the value in giving back and helping their communities. But how can these organizations do so without alienating potential employees? Here are five ways for businesses to boost social responsibility: 

Examine how you define family and support the ways your employees define family

  • Examine how you define family and support the ways your employees define family.
  • Companies will have different definitions of family, but recognizing that it’s an important aspect of your employees’ lives can help to create a more inclusive workplace. The best way to do this is by asking each employee what their definition of family is and then acting accordingly.

Foster a culture of giving

To foster a culture of giving and creating inclusive work environment at your company, you can:

  • Give employees paid time off to volunteer in their communities.
  • Let employees use the company’s resources to volunteer for causes they’re passionate about.
  • Match employee donations to charitable organizations and encourage them to donate 5% of their salaries back to their favorite charities.
  • “Open dialogue, clear communication and sharing information are a few of the key ways that a business can embrace inclusivity” as advisors at Intuit suggest.

Include women in meetings

One of the most effective ways to boost social responsibility is to ensure that women are represented in hiring and promotion decisions. According to research by Catalyst, women are more likely than men to hire and promote other women. 

The same study found that women are also more likely than men to be flexible with their employees’ work hours and schedules so they can attend or prepare for meetings or events related to their children’s school or extracurricular activities.

Encourage more Millennial hiring managers to have diversity as part of their hiring process

If you want to boost social responsibility, then you should encourage more Millennial hiring managers to have diversity as part of their hiring process. Because Millennials are more likely to be diverse themselves, they want to work for diverse companies. In fact, a study by the Pew Research Center found that 73% of Millennials believe that businesses should make sure all customers and employees feel welcome and respected.

Offer on-site childcare to employees

Offering on-site childcare is a great way to encourage employees to take advantage of the flexibility in their schedules. It’s also a terrific way to attract and retain talent, especially if your industry is the one that has been hit particularly hard by the recession.

How much does it cost? While this varies depending on what type of facility you choose (daycare center or nanny service), it can be anywhere from $2,000 – $5,000 per month for 10 hours per week. You may be able to negotiate lower rates with vendors who offer volume discounts based on how many people sign up for their program at once.

This article talks about the importance of social responsibility and how it can benefit your business. Now that you have some information on this topic, it’s time to take action. Now, these tips will help you make the right decisions when it comes to being a socially responsible business owner!

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