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!
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.
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 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
People love a good story. Although facts and figures are essential components of reporting in business, they fall short when it comes time to sharing impact and results with internal and external stakeholders. The best way to share information is through storytelling. Stories are better than data on its own because they invoke an emotional response. Sometimes stories can be powerful enough to spur people to take action, causing people to devote their time and even entire lives to create change or impact in some area. Stories have so much more substance than a set of facts or a spreadsheet of data.
About The Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals were developed by the UN as the first set of goals to completely transform civilization as we know it for the better. These goals represent 17 areas with a target to achieve them by 2030. This is no small task, but it can be done if millions of people and organizations band together to participate and engage in activities that work toward one or a set of the goals.