Who among us hasn’t worked in a stressful environment? An environment where there wasn’t a spare moment to recharge your mind?
During my nonprofit career, while barely making a living wage, I was often expected to promptly reply to texts and emails at all hours on my personal cellphone. I’ve been screamed and cursed at in front of coworkers and told to cancel doctor’s appointments while pregnant to attend last minute work meetings. Unfortunately, I doubt this is the exception.
Research indicates that it lowers morale, increases stress levels for workers and greatly reduces productivity as well as profits globally. According the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the three top European countries for hours worked, Greece, Poland, and Hungary, are ranked last for productivity.
Are you ready for the GOOD NEWS? Employers who militantly overwork their employees are considered antiquated and unconcerned about profitability. 35% of large and mid-size businesses in the U.S offer stress-reduction programs. Many promote work-life balance, encouraging employees to disconnect after hours, take 2-3 week vacations, and take lunches away from their desks. Some top Fortune 500 companies offer bonuses for employees who use all of their vacation time, take their allocated days off to volunteer, and disconnect. Other companies offer onsite yoga, meditation, or wellness programs.
You might ask, why would a business encourage employees to work less? Because more studies show that productivity AND profit is attributable to quality of time working NOT quantity of time working.
According to the World Health Organization, “workplaces that promote mental health and support people with mental disorders are more likely to reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and benefit from associated economic gains.”
Alternatively employers that do not implement stress-reduction programs to promote mental health and encourage work-life balance will suffer from a whopping 65% of employees being distracted 31-50 hours a week while at work! That number is astounding, but I believe it. I admit to spending time crying in the bathroom after being verbally abused by a supervisor -not exactly the most productive behavior.
During mental health month, we encourage all employers to do what we’ve always known to be the right thing - be kind. When you treat your employees kindly, they treat you well. Businesses want their employees to have a vested interest in the company’s success.
Kindness goes a long way folks - for mental health AND profits!
I’ll let you in on a secret, as much as I love organic gardening at home, there are times when the local pizzeria gets delivered for dinner. Life happens. I accept it, plan for it, and embrace it.
It’s crucial for successful businesses to plan for life happening too. People, who you trust, can make mistakes. The improbable can occur. When you’re a business, instead of speed dialing the local pizzeria, you need a strategic plan to be your guide as you navigate roadblocks.
The amazing ability to make obstacles and crises manageable is the magic of strategic planning. When tension, stress, and emotions are high, your strategic crisis management plan makes you feel like you’ve got this. Because you know, what? With smart planning, you absolutely got this!
Start today by talking about the good your business is doing. Let the world know that your business has high safety standards, is green, or is a beacon for ESG investors because of your diverse board.
You hold all the power to tell the world that your business does good and is socially conscious. There’s step one to your strategic crisis plan. Go forth and conquer the good.
Protecting your business and its reputation is serious, but you don’t have to be intimidated by it, we’ve got you. BeeHive is your safe space.
Impact reporting associated with any philanthropic gift, provides funders with valuable data to demonstrate social and marketing ROI to your clients, investors, and board members. It also helps set common goals for your business and the partnering organization from the beginning of the relationship. Reports associated with funding motivates organizations to work efficiently with your funds to ensure requirements and expectations are met.
Transparency and clearly established expectations are key to any successful relationship, including a philanthropic partnership. When all parties understand the goals of the partnership and can move forward accordingly, the likelihood of success is much higher.
From my experience, even the most malfunctioning of organizations fear of having to repay an unfulfilled grant or the possibility of being blacklisted by a funder. For ten years I have worked on the asking side of philanthropy. While working for various nonprofits, I have written grants, thank you letters, reports, and researched prospective donors.
This experience working at some of the best organizations and with great funders, taught me a lot. I learned the best players in the world of social impact are extremely intentional. Whether a multi-national oil and gas company or a local foundation, some funders just know how to get the best return on their investment when it comes to philanthropy.
These funders understand that prioritizing impact reporting is key to identifying and conveying the results that matter most to a company’s stakeholders. If your business wants to make a substantial and positive social impact, require reporting. The information you obtain will help your stakeholders visualize the impact of your social investment strategy and motivate the organization to meet the goals you set.
Reports don’t have to be long and complex to convey an impact. Impact reporting can be as simple as a one-page questionnaire.
By establishing pre-set reporting criteria with an organization, you are setting your partner organization up to succeed based on how you define success. This will provide the foundation for a long-term philanthropic partnership based of trust and impact.
In 2004, we were two overachievers working in the Texas State Capitol. We’re loyal by nature and stayed in touch for 15 years. Today we are two overachieving, loyal business partners, sharing our love of doing good in the world while building successful businesses.
Tessa is the foreign born, strategic, business-minded attorney, who began consulting on public, legal and government affairs in 2012 and has been a working licensed attorney for two decades.
Sarah is the native Houstonian, passionate about helping others, driven to create a positive social impact, who found herself at home in the nonprofit world for more than a decade.
If you ask us, we will each say the other is the yin to our yang.
In 2018, fate stepped in and we were lucky to work together on a project that will bring people together and help the world. Working together on a social impact project made us the happiest we’ve ever been!
Now here we are freshly minted partners in BeeHive Partners. Every day is an exciting adventure. We are building positive impact for our clients while fueling their financial growth. It’s our happy place.
We want you to love what your business does too!
Our magical combination, Tessa’s strategic, attorney mind and Sarah’s intense focus on social impact in a digital world, is the perfect mix. With insights from the business world, the nonprofit world, 10+ years of knowing funders’ expectations, and navigating the plethora of rules and laws, we strategize ways to incorporate social good and profit for companies.
You can count on us for positive vibes on social media, examples of successful social impact via e-newsletter, and a monthly blog post with advice on how to make your company’s social impact.
We look forward to staying connected with you on this journey for good.
Sending positive vibes,
Tessa & Sarah