If you don’t measure it, then how do you know if it makes a difference? Of course, your bottom line isn’t the only reason for getting involved in Corporate Social Responsibility, but let’s not pretend that in this era of social media, you don’t want some visibility. We all do. I do! But we want more too. With our new offer to businesses, my organisation wants to work with yours to understand the impact that ‘buying social’ has. That’s because it’s not traditional Corporate Social Responsibility and just ticking a box. I feel passionately that by investing in your business and staff (something you do anyway I’m sure) that we can invest in young people and communities at the same time.
Doing business with social enterprises is increasing – something we look forward to discussing on Social Saturday this year. Social Saturday is an annual event led by Social Enterprise UK. In October every year we celebrate the £26bn that is spent across the social economy. From businesses buying their fancy branded macaroons from Miss Macaroon to buying water from Belu and knowing how their profit is invested overseas in water aid projects. Often the ‘buying social’ relates to goods. We’re offering you the opportunity to ‘buy social’ when purchasing your staff training.
By ‘buying social’ for staff development and training, your business will be joining the likes of PwC, Santander, Wates, Robertson Group, Amey, Johnson & Johnson and many more who don’t just tick a box – but get a service that makes a difference too.
On October 2nd we’re launching a project in Norfolk and Suffolk that will not only tick your CSR box effortlessly if that’s what you want, but will see tangible financial returns in your business too.
Following our two-day Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring training and becoming a Mentor:
- Your staff will discover the leadership that is hidden in all of us
- The huge potential of your staff will be unlocked resulting in increased motivation
- A sense of team through social purpose and new-found social skills will appear
- Money will be saved on staff retention and recruitment
- With an amazing recruitment package you will be able to recruit the best in their field
- Your staff will have a reason to go to work that money can’t buy!
We know that this training and development opportunity will make a difference and save you money because ACAS, the leading employer expert since 1896, tells us that:
- 68% of workers say training and development is the most important workplace policy.
- 40% of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year.
BiTC (Business in The Community) tells us that 82% of employees that volunteer feel more committed to their employer. And if they don’t leave, your business saves money in recruiting new people – and we all hate endless costs relating to lost productivity, recruitment fees, job adverts, new training and induction, reading CVs, interviewing etc etc. In fact, can you believe that the true cost of replacing an employee can be as much as £30,000?
So by providing staff training to become Volunteer Tenancy Mentors, you will see your staff flourish and bounce into work like Tigger, as they know that they’re making a difference to people’s lives at the same time. And we know it mentors make a difference.
Your investment in them will be a win-win-win.
That’s a win for your staff, a win for your business and a win for the young people in our community.