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CSR Programs: Why some thrive and others nose-dive.

Your sustainability plan isn’t worth a beaver dam if your employees aren’t engaged in the strategy.

Just like the hard-working beaver, employee commitment makes a huge difference in the environment!

This year when Softchoice was named to Canada’s Green 30, I wondered if there was a common thread among the organizations recognized. After reading more about them, I found that their employees’ feedback not only put them on the list, but employee involvement is driving the success of their sustainability programs.

This isn’t surprising. As with many workplaces, engaged employees are the internal change agents, fueling innovation and success of many programs. According to GreenResearch’s 2012 Annual Sustainability Executive Survey, staff engagement is one of the top two sustainability trends for 2012 – simply because “engaged employees make things happen”. They are the “make-it-or-break-it” factor. [Read more…]

Pass the Bucket: Small Act that Makes a Big Difference

I stood looking at several mounds of sand; slightly shorter than all 5’8” of me and about five feet round. “We’re supposed to do what?” I asked. I had actually heard right the first time, but I was stalling for time. Just enough time to store up energy for the long day ahead. We were at a construction site, helping to re-build an orphanage. I say helping rather loosely since seventy percent of the building had already been constructed. Plus the fact that none of us had much experience in constructing buildings. This also meant that our group was tasked with the grunt work; transporting one of the sand piles to the second story of the building. [Read more…]

Softchoice’s Top Five Office Fundraisers (and Counting)

We’ve tried an endless variety of fundraisers. But in our experience, the ones that generate the greatest returns are those that put the fun front and center. Here’s a look at our Top Five Favorite Office Fundraisers (and counting).


Making Managers Look Silly

One of many good sports at Softchoice

Generally speaking, we like our managers. But for some reason we just can’t get enough of seeing them all gussied up in the most ridiculous attire – from turkey costumes at Thanksgiving to Lederhosen in October. Equally entertaining is watching the head of a department stumble through a karaoke song at the end of a major gathering like our annual Mid-Year Sales Meeting. All it takes are willing managers (which we have in spades) a quirky idea (no shortage there, either) and a pledge form.

Trivia Anyone?

Who loves trivia? By our count, basically everyone. Our annual Trivia Night in Toronto has become so popular people from the local business community now flock to attend. Teams gather at the local watering hole to lock horns as they answer six rounds of questions – from sports and history to niche areas like Sitcoms and Reality TV. The leaderboard is updated after each round and teams are encouraged to place ‘beer bets’ with rival tables. This event is fun, lightly educational and, with an entrance fee of $20 per person, a great way to raise money! [Read more…]

Rock, Paper, Scissors to raise money

On March 10th at 6pm EST, the Softchoice lunchroom was transformed from a place where employees gather to eat, into a place where employees gather to eat…and settle their differences with Rocks, Papers, and Scissors!

We had an amazing 33 competitors, throwing down for their crack at the title of “Softchoice RPS Grand Champion” (SCC-RPSGC), but only one would prevail; Dinh Tran from the Toronto Mid-Market Outbound Team.  Allow us to frame what may accompany this most prestigious title:

  • The SCC-RPSGC has the right to set the RPS match terms if they’re ever challenged by a fellow employee.
  • The SCC-RPSGC has the right to refuse any RPS challenge, and will do so while looking disapprovingly at the challenger.
  • The evening meal previously known as “supper”, will henceforth be known as “dinner”
  • Dinh Tran has the right to add the “SCC-RPSGC” designation to his email signature.
  • The SCC-RPSGC will open the 2012 RPS Tournament, and provide the ceremonial Words of a Decisive Decision Maker (SCC-RPSGC, WDDM)

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