Webinar Wrap-Up: Your Questions Answered

multiple hands overlapping for csrOur last webinar highlighted the importance of Using Corporate Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool. As with many great webinars, the presentation was followed by thought provoking questions from participants.

It seems that our panelists never have enough time to address every inquiry during the live webinar. Rather than let the discourse fade, our panelists selected eight questions they couldn’t leave unanswered.

Questions include:

  • What is the relationship between CSR and Employee Value Proposition?
  • How would you recommend encouraging a CSR strategy buy-in from company executives?
  • We do internal collections (toys, gifts, food), but can’t figure out how to get out into the community. Any suggestions?

Keep reading for practical answers to questions about the strategic and functional implementation of corporate responsibility.
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How Can You Improve Your Talent Pipeline? Hire a Veteran.

The Many Benefits of Hiring Veterans

Military veterans served our country, and now many of them are making the transition from active duty service-member to active job seeker. This group represents a great opportunity for employers to cast a wide net when looking for top talent in the workplace.

First and foremost, veterans are almost always a smart hire. Their military service has provided them with a range of skills, expertise and leadership capabilities that translates well into the civilian sector. A veteran’s can-do work ethic and ability to perform and execute strategies well under pressure are not only mission-essential qualities for the military; these attributes make them stand out as candidates as well. Another incentive to hiring veterans are the federal tax benefits corporate America receives to encourage the hiring of veterans.

The unemployment rate for veterans currently runs about two points higher than the national average. To help reverse this trend, several initiatives are under way to bolster placement for veterans. One program that has delivered promising results is Hiring our Heroes. Launched in March 2011, the program connects employers with veterans, primarily through more than 600 hiring fairs throughout the country.
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7 Job Search Tips for Veterans Entering the Civilian Workforce

Making the transition from military service to civilian life can be exciting, but also challenging for many veterans. Often, one of the biggest hurdles is the job search process and knowing how to effectively market their skills, experience and passion to employers.

This challenge can be particularly acute for veterans coming off long stints of military service. New technology, social media and other trends have led to some major changes in the hiring process in recent years.

Fortunately, a wide range of resources and information is available to help veterans and military spouses significantly improve their chances of landing a job. To get started, here are a few key suggestions for a post-service job search:

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The Mind-Blowing Scale of Holiday Hiring

holiday_ig_thumbIf you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably well-aware that the next couple of months are going to get busy — very busy. As the end of the year fast-approaches, the world’s biggest consumer brands need to find a way to stay afloat and stay ahead of the inevitable shopping rush.

Companies need temporary talent as quickly as possible and need to have a holiday hiring plan.

Every year, the holidays generate demand for extra ‘hands on deck.’ That’s why retailers and delivery companies begin their staffing efforts in July or August. Last year, there were more than 1.7M private sector jobs added to the economy in 2013. This year, forecasts are much more aggressive — as one report points out, seasonal hiring will potentially outpace dot-com boom levels. The last time that this surging demand for temporary talent happened was in 1999.

Learn more about the mind-blowing impact of the holiday season with our infographic below:
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Maximize Corporate Giving and Employee Engagement During the Holidays

Volunteering gives you the extra edge you need to step out into the workforce and become a key playerIt would be impossible to count the number of people who have benefitted from charitable giving at the corporate level in some way. Not only is charitable giving beneficial for people and communities, it has a surprisingly positive impact on a business’ bottom line as well.

Companies can use their corporate giving programs to engage their employees, increase retention, attract new hires, engage with customers and create new business opportunities. 61 percent of all candidates take a company’s charity initiatives into consideration when evaluating a company and 83 percent of all employees prefer companies that focus on corporate giving.

If your company is looking for the right charity partner for the 2014 holiday season – or beyond – here are some things to consider:
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Enhance Your Company Culture With Corporate Social Responsibility

Group-of-volunteersIn today’s working world, people tend to throw around the term “corporate social responsibility” with no abandon. It makes you wonder if the words have lost their meaning. Or maybe they’ve just evolved?

What does “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) mean to you – and to your company? Register for our webinar on November 5 to learn more and earn an HRCI credit.

Does it come in the form of holiday charity drives or a walk for a cure? Or is it more about go-green initiatives and environmental sustainability (smaller carbon footprint!)? Or maybe it means donating large chunks of money or time to worthy causes in faraway places?

Or maybe you’re still trying to define CSR for your company?
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