Latest research from flexible workspace provider Regusreveals that charity and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are a key issue for the American workforce. Workers reveal that faced between two similar job offers, they would be swayed by the company that can prove they are making a charitable contribution and giving back in some way.

Of the almost 13,341 Regus survey respondents, more than half (58%) reported it is important to them that their employer is involved in charity work. CSR is also an area of consideration when choosing a place to work. When presented with two equal jobs, 47% would give preference to the more charitable company. Businesses with a proven involvement in society are therefore better able to attract and retain top staff.

Key findings from American respondents

·        A third of respondents would like to be directly involved in their company’s charity activities

·        34% would like to be better informed

·        31% appreciate CSR initiatives, but 22% report they think information about them is inadequate

·        20% would like to be better informed about other team’s charitable activities and CSR

·        30% of respondents think firms in their sector should be more involved in CSR and charitable giving (42%)

Jeff Doughman, executive vice president at Regus comments, “Today’s employees are clearly driven by much more than a compulsion to get ahead and clearly state that they would prefer working for a company with a good social track record. Involvement in charitable activities projects an image of a positive and responsible organization, but also helps workers feel proud of where they work.

“Businesses should grasp this willingness to contribute to society and ensure that their workers know about charity and CSR projects, and are offered the opportunity to get involved directly. Workers who are aware of their company’s philanthropic activities are more likely to feel fulfilled and motivated by their work. In addition, charitable initiatives create opportunities for management and employees to team up and work together.”

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