Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Community Service, Work Go Hand in Hand; Relationship between Altruism and Company Morale Is Not a Coincidence; TOP WORKPLACES 2012 - WORKING THROUGH ADVERSITY

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Community Service, Work Go Hand in Hand; Relationship between Altruism and Company Morale Is Not a Coincidence; TOP WORKPLACES 2012 - WORKING THROUGH ADVERSITY

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One firm encourages employees to serve meals to the homeless - on company time.

Workers at another company enlisted in sandbag brigades when the banks of the Mississippi River and its tributaries swelled past flood stage four years ago.

Still others on the list of Top Workplaces in the St. Louis region combine to contribute thousands of pounds of goods to food pantries, to deliver Christmas gifts by the hundreds to the needy, or to provide opportunities for employees to perform small tokens of service on behalf of others.

A wide-reaching study conducted this year on behalf of Net Impact and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University indicates that the connection between altruism and employee morale is no coincidence. It also points out that, economic uncertainty notwithstanding, the American workforce is not quite as miserable as might be expected.

Not by a long shot, actually.

The survey combined the observations of 1,295 college-educated employees of large corporations, small and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits along with those of 431 college undergraduates. It is available online at www.netimpact.org/docs/ NetImpact_WhatWorkersWant2012.pdf.

Nearly two-thirds of the respondents told researchers they were drawn to jobs that carry the "potential to contribute to society" or companies or enterprises with the mission of making the world "a better place."

"For the first time, we have data that shows a direct connection between job satisfaction and making a difference at work," Net Impact chief executive Liz Maw said upon the release of the report last month. "Employees today don't want to check their values at the door when they arrive at their jobs."

A nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, Net Impact promotes companies, causes and jobs that value social change over profits.

The desire to make a difference was most pronounced among baby boomers approaching retirement and undergraduate and graduate students on the cusp of moving into the workforce. …

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