Mayor Karl Dean recently unveiled the new Mayor’s Workplace Challenge,
the first citywide challenge of its kind in the nation. At the heart of this initiative are three key areas where businesses can improve: community involvement, going green and staying healthy. By setting goals in one or all of these areas, businesses will see an abundance of positive outcomes in the workplace.
Providing employee engagement opportunities is a great way to extend your company's influence in the community while improving your corporate culture. New research
from Deloitte suggests a powerful link between frequent participation in workplace volunteer activities and employees’ perceptions of their work environment. As a bonus, happy employees also tend to be more productive.
Going green is one way to snag new talent, especially younger employees, who place more of an emphasis on sustainability. As this Fortune.com article
points out, “…Millennials want to work for companies that project values that align with their own, and environmental sustainability is gaining ground as a key value for the younger generation.”
The success of any company depends on the productivity and performance of its employees. Studies show
companies with strong health and wellness programs enjoy lower levels of illness-related absenteeism and reduced health care costs. Encouraging employees to live a healthier lifestyle, both at work and at home, is a win-win for your business.
By challenging businesses across Nashville to grow in these three areas, the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge is setting the bar high, but will ultimately help improve livability across Nashville. In Mayor Dean's words, “This initiative builds on our efforts to promote environmental practices, volunteerism and healthy living in our city by focusing in on our workplaces, which are critical in shaping how we live and the impact we have on our community.” To learn more and sign up for the challenge, visit www.mayorsworkplacechallenge.com.