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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are over, there is a relatively new day that is become increasingly well known and supported: GivingTuesday. Just as the name states, it’s a day dedicated to giving. Around the world, GivingTuesday brings together non-profits, individuals, companies, and communities.
As companies grow and are required to hire more people, they expand geographically to tap into new markets, and source the best talent. In tech, we’re even seeing companies that are operating with entirely remote teams and no physical office space.
As a local business owner, John Gonzales has always believed in giving back to the community. His company, Rehab1, has raised thousands of dollars for worthy causes in the Greater Moncton Area. They’re using Porpoise to capture this impact and celebrate the great things they do as a company each and every day!
"We have always been extremely proud of the workplace culture that we have built at Rehab1 - it's everything we have always dreamed of: a team of engaged and positive people that want to do great things in the community, that want to support each other's goals and dreams, and that share the same values as Rehab1. Porpoise has become our go-to workplace app that we use solely to motivate each other, support each other, and work towards a common goal of being better people for ourselves and our community!!" - John Gonzales, Founder, Rehab1
This post originally appeared on Volunteermatch.org.
Similar to the way your customer experience is shaped by the interactions a customer has with your company, an employee experience is the journey an employee takes throughout their time with your company. Employee experience is shaped by every single interaction that occurs between the employee and the company — from recruiting to onboarding, training, growth, rewards, and exiting. Just like we design a customer experience, companies need to be intentional about how they design employee experience along the employee lifecycle.