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Earth Day 2019

22-Apr-2019 10:03:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement

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Happy Earth Day!

Below you’ll find a list of the Porpoise team's favourite sustainability tips. When put in place these actions can be good for both your wallet and the planet! 

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National Volunteer Week #NVW19

8-Apr-2019 10:11:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Volunteering, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement

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Happy National Volunteer Week!

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Feature Announcement: Introducing Events!

28-Mar-2019 11:12:39 AM / by Caleb Dow

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How Companies Can Engage Their People Through Impact Events

Businesses today are looking to marry profit with purpose. Until recently, most people considered these programs to be accessible and only made available to employees at the largest, most responsible employers (e.g: Patagonia, Salesforce) that have a team of people/resources dedicated to employee experience and impact programs. Porpoise helps small to medium-sized companies implement these same engagement programs that the top brands are offering their people to deliver meaning, purpose, and impact while tracking key metrics, and stories to their stakeholders in order to provide an ROI on Social Impact.

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International Women's Day

8-Mar-2019 10:00:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Corporate Social Responsibility

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At Porpoise, we love to #CelebrateTheGood. This year for International Women's Day, we wanted to provide a few tips for how you can foster a workplace that promotes equality and inclusion. Below you will find 7 tips as well as a few examples of companies that are leading the charge. We encourage you to join the conversation and celebrate women’s achievement, and support companies that are raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality!

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Employee Engagement Programs on Porpoise

15-Feb-2019 9:00:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Employee Engagement

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As we all know, the stats on employee engagement are discouragingly low. We know these statistics because companies are doing a great job of surveying employees, asking them how engaged they are. Until recently, thats what people considered to be managing employee engagement. 

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#BellLetsTalk About Mental Health In The Workplace

30-Jan-2019 10:16:56 AM / by Meghan Foreman posted in Corporate Social Responsibility

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According to The Canadian Mental Health Commission, in any given year, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness. This is a huge problem, and one that needs to be talked about. This is one of the reasons #BellLetsTalk Day is so important. It sheds light on how important it is for us to talk about mental health and to end the stigma behind it.

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Capturing The Credit Union Difference

29-Jan-2019 9:45:38 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Volunteering, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement

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Before working at Porpoise, I had no idea what a credit union was. I knew they were some sort of financial institution, but I didn’t realize what made them different from a traditional bank. It turns out the credit union model is all about people helping people. Credit unions are member-owned, with their members are also being members of the community. Therefore, credit unions put their members, and their community first. 

To say they do a lot for the community would be an understatement. When we started working with our first credit union, I was surprised to see that their employee engagement, community involvement, and community investment programs rivalled the ones that are in place at some of the most forward thinking companies in the world. 

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CSR Is More Than Philanthropy

3-Jan-2019 8:30:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Volunteering, Corporate Social Responsibility

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For many people, when they think about Corporate Social Responsibility, they imagine cutting cheques to charities and volunteering time for various causes in the community. These are certainly two important and impactful aspects of CSR, but for many companies their Corporate Social Responsibility programs take on a much broader scope. 

At Porpoise we think of CSR as a company’s responsibility not only to communities and the environment, but to their employees as well. Companies have a responsibility to put policies and processes in place that put purpose into action, and foster environments that are conducive to positive change. 

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What's a Porpoise Challenge?

10-Dec-2018 8:57:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Employee Engagement

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Porpoise is built around what we call challenges. A challenge usually has a goal and a corresponding metric and end date associated with it. Challenges follow the SMART goal framework, meaning they are specific, measurable attainable, realistic, and time bound. For example, a volunteering challenge could have a goal of achieving 10 hours of volunteerism in a 3 month period. This makes it easier for people to understand what they are working toward, and how they can contribute. Just one of the many contributing factors to our user-experience. 

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Community Spotlight: Leading Edge Credit Union

5-Dec-2018 9:30:00 AM / by Caleb Dow posted in Volunteering, Corporate Social Responsibility

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For International Volunteer Day we wanted to highlight a Porpoise client that has been going above and beyond in their community. When we met with Leading Edge Credit Union for the first time, one thing struck us immediately-as an organization they were investing a ton of their time (both personal and company time), and other resources back into the community. 

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