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Giving Back to Dear Mother (Earth) on Her Special Day

 
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Every day should be Earth Day.

That said, the official Earth Day celebration takes place once a year, an occasion when over a billion people in 190 countries take action, whether in the form of planting trees, cleaning up their communities, or doing anything else that says “I love you” to the environment.

This time of year, corporate philanthropy leaders often look for ways to shine a spotlight on their companies’ efforts at greening the planet.  Dayton Hudson Corporation, now better known as Target, got the ball rolling on this front by giving out free trees to its customers on the very first Earth Day in 1970.  Ever since, business leaders have increasingly fired up their entire organizations in creative ways to demonstrate concern for Mother Earth.

Sustainable Computer Recycling for Earth Day

 
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As evolving technologies keep us hooked to new and updated gadgets, and Americans now own (according to the Environmental Protection Agency) an estimated three billion electronic products, one inconvenient question lurks constantly in the shadows:

What are we supposed to do with all of our old gizmos?

While responsible businesses and consumers want to recycle their outdated technology equipment - and often think they are - the reality of the electronics recycling business is an eco-horror show.  Rife with misperception and abuse, the e-waste industry is notorious for cashing in on the good intentions of those who want to do right by Mother Earth and then delivering nothing but more problems for old mom.

Employee Engagement Ideas: How To Get Your Staff To Stop Job Hunting

 
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This post was featured in Forbes.com.

Studies show that engaged employees generate an average of between a quarter to a third more profits for their companies.  Fantastic, right?  But here’s the question: do you think that most of your employees are engaged?  

If you answered yes, chances are you’re dead wrong. According to one eye-opening study, fewer than a third of all employees can be classified as actively engaged at work.  Put another way, some industry statistics show that 66% of employees are disengaged and 60% are actively looking for work.  

This rampant disengagement or semi-engagement hits where it hurts - your bottom line.   As HR.com writer David Bator put it, since you pay a disengaged employee 100% of their salary for 50% effort, if we assume that the average salary of an employee in a 500 person organization is $50,000, then the annual cost of disengagement for that company is over $8M, or $34,200 per day.  

Yikes.

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