MAY 2020 NEWSLETTER
TALENT FUNCTION AND THE ART OF PHILANTHROPY
If your inboxes are anything like ours, they are overwhelmed with emails about COVID-19 and the changes that have resulted in the past few months. Instead of adding to the collection of emails, we want to share some good news and a few of the actions that our colleagues, our clients, and our team are doing to make a difference in the communities around them. We have been inspired by their stories, and our hope is to further their impact by sharing them with you. The story below reminds us of the potential for impact that we are each capable of.
“Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.
Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, ‘Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?’
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied ‘Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,’ the youth replied. ‘When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.’
The old man replied, ‘But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.’
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, ‘It made a difference to that one!’” -adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
We hope this edition of our newsletter will inspire you with ideas for impacting others during this time, no matter how big or small they may seem.
UNFORESEEN, UNCERTAIN TIMES… OUR CLIENTS ARE LEADING THROUGH THESE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES
BY BROOKE GLENNON
A recent article from Fortune.com, The Coronavirus might have upended the concept of the best companies of the year, stated “Analysts predict that this year, the most important metric of corporate stewardship will be how a company responded to COVID-19”. I sure hope so! Corporate leaders are being tested like never before, and it’s incredible to see how so many companies have responded in order to support their employees, customers and communities. It’s great to read that these actions will be acknowledged and potentially rewarded and celebrated.
At Talent Function, we are fortunate to work with strong corporate leaders every day. These leaders actively choose to engage us because they want to invest in people – their applicants, their employees, their alumni and even future employees. So, it is no surprise to us to see so many of our clients going above and beyond to care for not only their employees, but their surrounding communities as well. We work with many amazing organizations and want to highlight how just a few of our clients are navigating the pandemic by spotlighting their inspiring and industry-leading best practices.
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading global provider of real estate and investment management services. They have shown tremendous leadership through their multi-prong approach to managing the COVID-19 crisis. We love that JLL is sharing real stories of how they are working together to get through the coronavirus crisis, including the promotion of their employee well-being through virtual yoga classes and art classes.
JLL is also offering intellectual generosity to their industry through their Real Estate Implication Report and along with a plethora of online resources including toolkits and advice for managing through COVID-19. They are supporting the community through their partnership with Feeding America and even donating 2,700 pounds of non-perishable food to a local food bank in Florida. Additionally, JLL staff helped to secure over 5 gallons of hand sanitizer for a not-for-profit organization that provides services to the homeless in Chicago.
Kudos JLL for stepping up for your staff, your communities and your industry!
Booz Allen Hamilton
For more than 100 years, business, government, and military leaders have turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most complex problems. As a technology and management consulting firm with expertise in analytics, digital, engineering and cyber solutions, Booz Allen helps organizations transform. Therefore, it is no surprise that Booz Allen was ready and willing to step up to the plate during these unprecedented times. “Supporting our people empowers them to fully support our clients in this time of critical need. Our business is our people, and this is just the right thing to do,” said Booz Allen President and CEO Horacio Rozanski.
On April 1 Booz Allen launched a $100M+ Pandemic Resilience Program for employees communities, and the world. The program includes major benefit program enhancements to support employees dealing with health, childcare, and COVID-related issues; a pledge of job security at least through July 1; and a commitment to provide funding, assistance, and technology expertise to aid vulnerable populations, military families, veterans and frontline healthcare workers.
The firm and the independent Booz Allen Foundation also launched a coordinated philanthropic initiative to aid pandemic-related causes. The initial giving will support veterans and military families through the COVID-19 Military Support Initiative, frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable communities through the CDC Foundation, and address the immediate needs of vulnerable local populations through the Feeding America® network of food banks and community-based agencies. The Booz Allen Foundation recently announced a $1 million Innovation Fund to provide grants for entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations as they develop creative solutions to address the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19.
Booz Allen’s commitment and loyalty to their employees, their clients and the community make us proud to call them a client!
Corteva Agriscience™ is the only major agriscience company completely dedicated to agriculture. They are driven by their beliefs and their purpose, which is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. We applaud the message that Jim Collins CEO at Corteva shared in his Linkedin article: My Commitment: We Support Those Who Support All of Us. Jim stated “[The] grocers restocking shelves, truckers driving produce through the night, and, of course, the farmers who grow it all…are precious links in the human value chains holding our communities together in sickness and in health. Whatever the distance between us at times, we will continue to show up and carry on the work of supporting the smallest individual farmer as attentively as the largest growing operations.”
Not only is Corteva is showing tremendous leadership through their COVID-19 response to the farming community, but they are going above and beyond to support global food security organizations that are responding to help those that are food insecure during these challenging times, particularly to those that help feed the approximately 850 million children globally who are out of school and the millions of senior citizens that face hunger daily. Both Corteva and their employees are supporting eight different organizations in this effort.
Lastly, we wanted to share some great industry-leading best practices for managing through this crisis. Jim’s article Simple Solutions Work: The 5 Phases to Business Resiliency, provides a simplified version of his roadmap for business resiliency through 5 key phases. Be sure to check it out! I think we can all be inspired by Jim’s words: “Sometimes it takes worse than expected to deliver more than imagined — with the simplest solutions guiding us through the most complicated challenges. Let’s keep moving it all forward, together. Let’s ‘Keep Growing’”.
Talent Function cannot wait to continue “growing” with Corteva, while working alongside their fantastic TA team to move it forward, together! Our clients aren’t the only ones that are making big impacts. For more information, Just Capital’s COVID-19 Corporate Response Tracker is a way to take a deep dive into what choices major U.S. companies are making during the coronavirus pandemic, and how they’re making them. Tell us how you are managing through the coronavirus pandemic. You can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
SOLUTION PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Not only are our clients giving back in this challenging time, but our solution partners are as well. We are encouraged to share a story of how one is giving back to the Talent Acquisition industry.
SmartRecruiters is doubling down on educating the market and helping recruiters by offering a place for hiring professionals to continue the recruiting conversation at HiringSuccess.com. This content hub includes relevant industry articles written and sourced by TA leaders.
SmartRecruiters is also offering the Definitive Guide to Hiring Success, a guide which introduces new and validated principles and practices spanning talent attraction frameworks, sourcing best practices, internal mobility, organizational structure, and management operating models. Finally building off the principles taught in the guide, they are offering a free Hiring Success Master Class, a SHRM certified series designed to upskill people while hiring volumes are low.
“At SmartRecruiters, we’re taking this time to partner with the Talent Acquisition industry. We’re offering our recruiting suite and our resources to spark movements of hiring within recruiting communities anywhere in the world.” said Jerome Ternynck, CEO at SmartRecruiters. SmartRecruiters has donated free instances of the platform to help rebuild the economy. In late January, JobsForLebanon.com (an economic initiative that aims to give the Lebanese diaspora the ability to create jobs for locals back home) was born. In the first 4 weeks, thousands of job seekers were placed in remote jobs sourced from hundreds of countries around the world. In March, RecruitersForGood.nl and Jobs for Australia launched with WorkingForIreland.ie soon to follow. RecruitersRecruitingRecruiters, a collaborative effort between partners, competitors, and global enterprises to support recruiters who lost their jobs, is slated to go live at the end of April.
TALENT FUNCTION – WHAT OUR TRIBE IS DOING
Each month our company holds an all hands meeting in which we touch base to discuss projects, business prospects and housekeeping items. Preparing for our March meeting to take place at the end of the month we realized that with the onset of COVID-19, business was not as usual. We realized the content of our meeting would need to drastically change and decided to make the focus of the call about helping others. When the meeting began, you could sense the feeling of uncertainty, but as we guided the meeting conversation to how we could best help those around us, the feelings of apprehension dissolved into inspiration. As we discussed ways in which we could give back to our communities, the meeting came to life. We brainstormed on how to help the elderly, neighbors in need, those in the hospital, and healthcare workers. At the end of the call everyone was inspired and rejuvenated in their thinking of how to focus on others and take action.
Projects completed so far include:
- Supplies were sent to an elderly facility for residents to do crafts
- Toilet paper was delivered to an older neighbor in need
- Encouraging notes were written and sent to local healthcare workers
- Support given to a family with a premature baby
- Additional random acts of kindness were performed like assisting an older lady load her car with heavy grocery items, having conversations with people and asking if they have everything they need with the intent to help
As our newsletter began with a story to tell how any act of kindness, no matter how small, could mean the world to someone else – we hope this edition has encouraged you. We want to hear about the ways you are making an impact in your workplaces and communities! Share your stories under #TFTribeCares
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
With the idea of normal changing rapidly, many businesses have had to reconsider their hiring process and adapt to new ways of acquiring talent. If you need help restructuring or understanding how to adjust to these changes, we are here to help.
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