Employers can support kind and mindful actions in the workplace.
Fall Creek Farm & Nursery surprised 12 children who attend the YMCA/Eugene 4-J BEST program at Howard Elementary School with new bicycles. The bicycles were assembled by company employees during a team building exercise. Unbeknownst to the employees, the bicycles were going to be given to kids who attend the afterschool-care program for kids from low-income families.
Each bike came with a helmet and lock. Each bike-building team received a hand-written “thank you” card from the child who received the bike. Fall Creek is a Eugene-based company that breeds blueberry varieties.
CBT Nuggets’ charitable giving arm, NuggetLove, doesn’t just give money. It gives away Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Shelly Galvin’s time and expertise — and sometimes the talents of other employees — to help a targeted group of nonprofit organizations raise money and spread their message.
CBT Nugget produces and sells online training for information technology professionals worldwide. 95 of their 127 employees are based in Eugene.
Lane County’s public school districts, tech companies, the industry group Technology Association of Oregon and others have come together to launch a countywide program to immerse Lane County high school students and educators in Eugene-Springfield’s growing tech scene.
Evidence-Based Workplace Practices
Peer-To-Peer Recognition Program
Employees could nominate a coworker for exemplary work or effort. These nominations proved to increase engagement and retention at JetBlue.
An evidence-based business case as to why fostering and maintaining a respectful workplace is important, as well as highlights the negative impacts when incivility is allowed to fester without intervention.
Boosting Mindfulness at Work
Companies that realize and invest in the connection between employee health and business goals have a competitive advantage: the same factors that contribute to employee happiness and engagement have been linked to increased productivity.
Business Leadership – Likability and Effectiveness
Likable leaders are effective leaders. Many people assume that it’s possible for a person to be an effective leader without being likeable. However, research shows that very few people who are unlikeable can be effective leaders.
Researchers evaluated prosocial (intended to be given away) bonuses and how they incentivized employees potentially leading to increased job satisfaction and well-being.