Why Corporations Should Care About Being “Socially Responsible”

Posted by Kristen Barnett on 4/5/17 12:21 PM

As a proponent of “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR), it was great to know “Lewis Fowler” lived and breathed being “socially responsible”, but wondered if other companies, even companies with documented CSR programs, lived and breathed their CSR solutions. 

The Merriam-Webster definition for Corporate Social Responsibility is: “The belief that a company should take into account the social, ethical, and environmental effects of its activities on its staff and the community around it”. The term for Corporate Social Awareness has changed over various decades from Corporate Giving, Altruism, Sustainability, to Social Responsibility, but one question has never changed in Board Rooms across America is….

Why should corporations care about being “socially responsible”?

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Generations in the Workplace: Where do Millennials Fit?

Posted by Carolina Christiansen on 3/1/17 12:00 PM

The workforce is changing, deeply and at a fast pace.

When you are in recruiting, you see trends. Traditionalists are old school, Baby Boomers are getting close to retirement, Generation Xers are out to prove themselves by getting a Master degree and maybe even a PhD, Millennials are changing existent paradigms and iGeners are slowly coming in with resistance and hesitation.

Companies are being faced with an unprecedented challenge: having up to 5 generations working side by side in their workforce. Each generation brings different values, opinions, priorities and work styles to the table. The fact that Traditionalists and Baby Boomers are living longer, that some of them are not able to retire, and/or that many of them want to keep working, leads to more generations in a single work space.

This, of course, comes back onto organizational leaders. They need to be able to communicate, understand, motivate, lead, guide, train and retain four or five generations at the same time. Many organizational leaders may not have this skillset naturally, but luckily it is a skillset they can develop through learning and a lot of practice.

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The Elephant in the Room: Human Resource Transformation

Posted by Charles Williams on 6/14/16 2:46 PM

Over the past 18 months, I have been working with one of the LF clients on an HR Transformation. Transformations generally include organization development and design, leadership development, engagement and total rewards strategy. Recently, I have been pondering what I have learned from working with my clients. Read more to get a take on my perspective.

Labrador – Elephant

We have a good sized Labrador retriever weighing in at about 103 pounds named Magnolia.  Magnolia is a fantastic family dog, but she has a tendency to lean against you when she likes you, and sometimes you just have to push her off.  It can force you to be off balance and pushing her off can make her think you are playing.  We have to regularly train her to not jump or lean on people to avoid problems.  The need for HR Transformation can be like a big animal, sometimes more like an elephant, leaning against you or stepping on you, completely unaware of the problem.  Of course, the elephant metaphor is not about the elephant, but about the size of the problem to solve.

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