In today’s sociopolitical climate, people of all types find themselves engaged in conversations that often share themes of uncertainty, power, or change. Who is in charge? Who holds the keys? Who will decide my fate? What can I do? While the answer may be complicated, the questions affect us all. And we are all invited to play a role in finding a way forward.
By Chris Jarvis
Companies, for example, find themselves in a unique position. Millions of people across the globe spend most of their lives working for companies that influence every facet of their lives, whether they realize it or not. Our jobs affect our happiness, our sense of purpose, the way we treat each other, even the way we vote. Our companies are like mini countries, with unique cultures, rules, and languages; the power they hold in our lives is monumental – and it can be harnessed for good.
“With access and influence over a global workforce, companies have the power to equip humanity to actively embrace the values of compassion …”
This idea of business as a force for good is not new. For decades, corporations large and small have taken the initiative to increasingly focus on sustainable practices, responsible treatment of employees, and community investment. In recent years, companies have even encouraged employees to take time off to donate hours to improving the lives of others through volunteering. But is it enough? Are companies taking sufficient responsibility for their position of power?
In fact, companies are the gatekeepers to transforming society. With access and influence over a global workforce, they have the power to equip humanity to actively embrace the values of compassion, inclusion, acceptance, and empathy for generations to come. All they need is a little guidance, a few resources, and a lot of inspiration.
“Together, we have everything we need to make a difference.”
It is with this grand vision in mind that Realized Worth and SAP, along with Toyota and Deloitte, offer Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering. This is a free online course hosted by openSAP where learners of all types – company, employee, individual – can come together to learn how to act on their desire to make an impact. In Part 1, the course provides a theoretical framework, focusing on how to change hearts and minds and move volunteering from transactional to transformative. Part 2 offers practical guidance on setting up programs and executing volunteer events.
We are pleased to offer this course at no charge with the hopes that our global audience will take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to take action together. Together, we are not powerless. Together, we have everything we need to make a difference.
Join us for Empathy in Motion: The Power of Volunteering, starting March 14th, 2017. Enrollment is open now.
Empathy in Motion: The Power of Volunteering is brought to you by the RW Institute (RWI) and hosted by openSAP. Promotional materials and resource documents are available on the RWI website. Realized Worth would like to thank Toyota and Deloitte USA for their generous support and making it possible to promote Empathy in Motion to global audiences.
Realized Worth is a global consulting firm that works with companies to design and implement employee volunteer programs. We focus on equipping individuals to lead programs in a scalable way, achieving impact for the company, the community, and the employee. Would you like to discuss your program with us? We’d be happy to hear from you! Email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.