Business and the Spirit of Sharing: #TChat Recap

Good vibrations. Could you feel them all around yesterday? It’s not just because the holidays are upon us, but because it was 12-12-12 – a day of harmonic convergence. Astrologers proclaimed peace across the universe. The Concert for Sandy Relief rocked Madison Square Garden. And the TalentCulture “world of work” community joined virtual hands around the Twitter stream to align the social responsibility stars.

Live from New York, #TChat moderator Meghan M. Biro, and community manager, Tim McDonald, steered the flow of conversation while sharing holiday cheer with the innovative folks at NYC’s Internet Media Labs. It was a great capstone in a week at TalentCulture that focused on corporate responsibility, social impact and the spirit of the holiday season.

SUN 12/9
Meghan’s Forbes.com post:  “5 Traits of Leaders Who are Ready for Social Good”

MON 12/10
#TChat weekly preview post:  “The Grinch & The World of Work”TalentCulture #TChat Video window of GoogleHangout with Mashable Community Manager

TUE 12/11
Google+ Hangout videoMeghan Peters, Community Manager at Mashable, talked with Tim McDonald about simple ways that companies can make a difference.

#TChat Radio program: Meghan Peters and Brian Sirgutz, SVP of Social Impact at The Huffington Post, discussed issues and opportunities in social responsibility with hosts Meghan M. Biro and Kevin W. Grossman.

WED 12/12
#TChat: The Wednesday night chat crew took the Twitter stream by storm for a spirited discussion about organizational giving and the greater good.

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So, what have we learned from all this interaction? Did we discover more about why and how business should give back to employees and the community at large? Were we inspired to do more in our organizations and communities?

As I mentioned during last night’s chat wrap, the energy was fun and inspiring, quirky and cynical. Just like a slice of society – all in one happy fruitcake. That’s #TChat! Here are a few takeaways to review and pass along. (Remember – sharing is caring!)

To see full highlights from yesterday’s #TChat session, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.

On the meaning and value of corporate responsibility:

“I almost hate the term ‘social good.’ Just do good. Always. To everyone.” jocelynaucoin

“#Socialgood has become far too trendy + hip leaving it as an obligation for most orgs” MillennialTweet

“I want someone’s definition of #socialgood? A holiday party, Christmas cards, community giving?” megburkett

On commitment to giving:

“Giving at Christmas shows you have the holiday spirit. Giving year around shows you have a giving spirit.” Beverly_Davis

“If you feel like you *have* to give thanks during the holiday season, you’re doing it wrong.” brentskinner

“In many cases the need is greater outside the holiday season, when people aren’t thinking about it as much.” pamelamaeross

On demonstrating gratitude to employees:

“Here’s a thought: integrate gratitude into everything you do every day with everyone.” DawnRasmussen

“Are we making this too complicated? I received a box of Christmas cookies today… and I’ve been smiling all day.” YouTernMark

“Homemade baked goods open hearts!” ReCenterMoment

“Gratitude: Send a email to employee and cc in your +1 – thanking them for specific accomplishments” levyrecruits

“Recognize that 1 size does not fit all. Know ur folks- u’ll know how to express gratitude that does them justice.” MillennialTweet

On leading by example in the community:

“No one should wait for permission, or a title on a business card, to lead/inspire others to do to good.” YouTernMark

“Projecting an image is called marketing…doing is called being a professional…” levyrecruits

“Leaders fall short when they promote #socialgood activities but only on employees own time” AlliPolin

“Matching contributions to charitable organizations of ees choice is a way to encourage good and it is not forced.” TomBolt

“Gr8 examples of enterprise contribution yr rnd: gatesfoundation & many offshoots, initiatives by dell, ge & many others” justcoachit

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For me, the top takeaway this week came from The Huffington Post’s Brian Sirgutz. He asked a simple question that is essential to socially conscious individuals and organizations, alike:

“How do people ‘catch’ empathy?”

If we understand how to reach individuals in ways that move them to change themselves for the better, then we can plant a seed that will eventually change the world. And someday perhaps the old phrase, “I already gave at the office” will slip into oblivion – for good.

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NOTE: To see specific highlights from yesterday’s “work life balance” #TChat session, watch the Storify slideshow at the end of this post.

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Closing Notes & Highlights Slideshow

SPECIAL THANKS from TalentCulture to Meghan Peters, Community Manager at Mashable and Brian Sirgutz, SVP of Social Impact at The Huffington Post – guests of this week’s Google+ Hangout and BlogTalkRadio shows. Your depth of knowledge and community leadership is inspiring.

NOTE TO BLOGGERS: If this #TChat session inspired you to write about corporate responsibility and social good, we’re happy to share your thoughts. Just post a link on Twitter (at #TChat or @TalentCulture), or insert a comment below, and we’ll add it to our archives. There are many voices in this community, with many ideas worth sharing. Let’s capture as many of them as possible.

WHAT’S AHEAD: Join us next week, as we look ahead to the New Year by looking “Back to the Future.” Specifically, we’ll look at last year’s predictions about human capital management, hr and learning technologies to determine how far we’ve come. And then we’ll peek at the road ahead! Tune in to #TChat Radio on Tuesday, Dec 18 at 7:30pm ET. Then join the #TChat Twitter discussion on Wednesday, Dec 19, 7-8pm ET to share your ideas and opinions. Look for a full preview early next week via @TalentCulture and #TChat. Thanks!

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#TChat INSIGHTS Slide Show: Business and the Season of Sharing

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#TChat INSIGHTS: The Grinch & the World of Work

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Who’s ready to kick off #TChat ? The one and only @MeghanMBiro at #TheLabNYC http://pic.twitter.com/qFPd9NKQTim McDonald
“@jocelynaucoin: And then the heavens parted for #TChat http://pic.twitter.com/msLepuYW” AHH I can hear the sounds effectsMegan Rene Burkett
Q1: Devil’s advocate: Does it even matter to stakeholders for an org to express the season’s sharing spirit? Why? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
+1 “@melissa_lamson1: A1 Of course stakeholders should. If we connect Social Responsibility & the Bottom Line they’ll care. #TChat”Claire Crossley
A1: Expressing the season’s sharing spirit is a great way to bring artificial barrier btw work and life down #tchatSusan Mazza
A1: Depends on how the organization shows their appreciation. If you send me a Holiday Card Fake Signature~Save your $$$ #TchatLisa Fields
@MeghanMBiro A1: it shows the human side of the organziation & how the employees are treated. When morale is low, so is production. #TChatOrnella Grosz, CFEd®
A1: #CompanyCulture #tchatprettypinkponies
A1. I believe leaders fall short by not showing up for events or taking time to humanize a bit with all employees #TCHATChris Fields, MLHR
A1: Also, is your company, or the organizations you support a good fit for yourself? #tchatprettypinkponies
A1. Leaders don’t project an image of doing #socialgood. They just do it. #TChatTalent Generation
A1: Paying attention to what leadership values helps us become informed consumers, stakeholders, investors, et cetera… #tchatprettypinkponies
keep the great answers coming & don’t forget to use A1, A2 etc. when responding to the questions! #TChatTalentCulture
MT @MarcyLField: When a core value, actions are fr heart of the org & occur thru out the yr making a diff. for all stakeholders. #tchat A1Susan Mazza
A1: As we move forward purpose=profit because orgs will have to contribute in new ways to drive engagement & sales. #tchatIrene Becker
A1: Stakeholders will care when the work directly benefits them. Good leadership connects and elevates the needs of followers. #TChatAndrew Henck
A1. Sharing is caring and caring is the secret sauce for transforming the bottom-line (and everything else.) #tchatMichael Clark
A1. it can give employees a nice break which can boost morale and spirits (and it doesn’t have be overly expensive to do so) #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1: Social good isn’t seasonal – it’s year round #tchatJen Olney
A1: If it’s a Small Business perhaps the group could determine a non-profit that could use some Holiday help. Bonus Team building #TchatLisa Fields
A1: Sharing a post I wrote, Goodness to Greatness Leadership 7 Steps from Me to We http://bit.ly/JjMQBH Hope u enjoy it #tchatIrene Becker
@meghanmbiro A1: It builds goodwill with both customers and employees. It should definitely matter to them. #TChatCream.hr
A1: Knowing which charities an organization invest in helps me diversify my own volunteer activites & contributions. #tchatprettypinkponies
A1: I’d rather be given a Kiva gift cert than pizza & a white elephant for 60 minutes #tchatAlli Polin
A1. Organization’s can use the holiday spirit as a catalyst for giving employees what they want the most: recognition for hard work. #tchatMichael Clark
#tchat A1: It matters b/c orgs must put their values into action to be credible and enduringMichael Leiter
When a core value, actions are from the heart of the org & occur throughout the year making a difference for all stakeholders. #tchat A1Marcy Field
A1: Spirit matters and we know the diff between fake sharing and sharing for real heartfelt reasons. #TChatJanis Stacy
A1) how you deal with charity all year speaks volumes about your corp culture. People are not naive #tchatJim Ducharme
A1: No, it doesn’t matter, unless there’s an open bar at the — ahem — “holiday” party. Now *that* is sharing. #TChatBrent Skinner
A1: Employees that are genuinely celebrated feel it every day & esp around the holidays & reflect the feeling to customers #tchatAlli Polin
Yes! “@talemetry: A1: The companies that get it right don’t wait until the holidays to share the spirit of giving and good will. #TChat”Claire Crossley
A1 The way we want to be appreciated is so Different. Does the organ or Leader Customize their Holiday Cheer #TchatLisa Fields
A1 – Too many biz ‘save up’ charity for this time of year. That fact alone nearly eliminates the sense of goodwill. #tchatJonathan Barrick
A1. Expressing a sharing spirit is an individual moment-to-moment choice (just like the rest of the year.) #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Holiday sharing makes good biz sense. It shouldn’t be all about profits, IMHO #tchatDaisy Wright
A1: Some orgs use giving to cover up naughty behavior during the year. You have to be consistent in your actions for it to count #tchatJen Olney
+1 “@melissa_lamson1: A1 Of course stakeholders should. If we connect Social Responsibility & the Bottom Line they’ll care. #TChat”Claire Crossley
A1: If an organization invests in causes I support, I’d probably be more loyal to the org. How about yourselves? #tchatprettypinkponies
A1: Expressing the season’s sharing spirit is a great way to bring artificial barrier btw work and life down #tchatSusan Mazza
A1: It should matter because happy, engaged employees greatly impact the bottom line and the stakeholders investment #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
Agree if we include 12 months 2 MT @RRojo619: A1: Should matter, if employees R content and feel appreciated theyre more productive. #TchatLisa Fields
A1: The companies that get it right don’t wait until the holidays to share the spirit of giving and good will. #TChatTalent Generation
A1: Well, no one really likes a grinch! #tchatEarly Careerists
A1: I think it most important for corps to culturally match with stakeholders, so depends on stakeholders. Yes in USA at least. #tchatJanis Stacy
A1 Of course stakeholders should. If we connect Social Responsibility & the Bottom Line they’ll care. #TChatMelissa Lamson
A1. Expressing a sharing spirit happens individually, in teams, departments, across organizations, with customers. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: It matters to me, baby. Merry Frickin’ Christmas. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A1: Sharing and celebration is always good for the soul – it fuels the kind of passion that sources the extraordinary #tchatSusan Mazza
A1: What matters to customers/clients should matter to the stakeholders…and customers/clients value sharing ALL YEAR #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A1: Not so much in some of the orgs I’ve worked for. It was have a mug, some candy & get back to work #tchatAlli Polin
A1: Should matter, if employees are content and feel appreciated they’re more productive. #TChatRobert Rojo
A1. It should matter stakeholders help mold and shape org culture and cultural sensitivity and tolerance is part of the season #tchatChris Fields, MLHR
MT @gingerconsult: A1: The holidays are a chance to show an org is human but it shouldnt just happen during the holiday… #tchatJennifer King
A1. Expression of the season’s sharing spirit is an individual choice moment-to-moment (just like the rest of the
year.) #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Depends on how the organization shows their appreciation. If you send me a Holiday Card Fake Signature~Save your $$$ #TchatLisa Fields
A1 It would hope it matters; if I’m a stakeholder in an org, I hope I am because our ‘philosophies’ jive #TChatClaire Crossley
A1. random or planned events (holiday related or not) can just increase engagement throughout the organization as a whole #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A1 meh…”We wish all Goodwill and a Happy Holidays” – then they mess with ya the next 11 months #tchat’Steve Levy
A1)Great leaders know the true value of sharing (all times of the year)..this means stakeholders. Yes it should certainly matter now. #tchatRed Zone Resources
A1) You can get to know a lot about a company’s culture during the holiday season #justsayin #TChatnancyrubin
A1 – It sure should, but not limited to just this time of year. Successful biz’s should give back to communities that helped them. #tchatJonathan Barrick
A1. Charity begins at home – in your community! #TChatDave Ryan, SPHR
A1: Many investors support organizations that support their own values. #tchatprettypinkponies
A1. We have internal and external stakeholders in organizations. #tchatMichael Clark
@TalentCulture A1. The only season that should matter to stakeholders are quarterly earnings calls. #TChatMatt Charney
A1: The holidays are a change to show an org is human but it shouldn’t just happen during the holiday – should be year round #tchatJen Olney
A1 It matters ~ showing you are REAL people caring about REAL things #tchatCASUDI
A1. Sharing during the holiday season harms on one, #Tchat 4 that matter it doesn’t hurt anything year round!Dave Ryan, SPHR
A1. Depends upon whom we consider to be stakeholders. #tchatMichael Clark
A1: Yes. It demonstrates to investors who you are and what you value. #Connection #tchatprettypinkponies
A1: I would hope the values of the “holiday season” would be found in an org culture year round. #TChatAndrew Henck
A1 Don’t think it matters unless perhaps the company is doing poorly. #TChatMelissa Lamson
A1 Yes, I think it’s important. Not expressing holiday spirit demonstrates coldness, bordering on egocentricity. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A1: It depends on what the stakeholder gets out of it. #tchatRob McGahen
A1 No, I don’t really think it matters unless perhaps the company is doing poorly. #TChatMelissa Lamson
Q2: Where do #leaders fall short in projecting an image of doing #socialgood during the season or at any time? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A2. Dear leaders: It’s more about connecting and caring than the $$$ holiday bonus. #tchatMichael Clark
A2 They also fall short when they miss opps to model giving behaviors. #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2 Orgs fall short if not integrated into vision, strategic direction. Social good culture isn’t formed by one-offs #TChatClaire Crossley
A2. Get it straight: The more you give the more you get, one way or the other. #tchatMichael Clark
A2 Leaders should lead by example – not expect to dictate it down – if they lead the others will follow #TChatPaul Hebert
A2: When you homogenize gratitude it loses its meaning and value — embed in culture not thru a program #tchatSusan Mazza
A2: Let’s face it. Most employees DO not feel valued + do not work in csr focused orgs. This will change-big orgs can model the way #tchatIrene Becker
Another reason why I left a corp job. “@TomBolt: A2: If employees feel like somebody is “keeping score”, leadership has failed. #TChat”billallemon
A2: We have enough problems evaluating employee performance in a timely manner much less add arbitrary “social conscience” measure #TChatTom Bolt
A2. Dear leaders: It’s more about connecting and caring than the $$$ holiday bonus. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: CSR initiatives also speak to employee engagement, constituent engagement and loyalty…they are the way forward #tchatIrene Becker
A2 They also fall short when they miss opps to model giving behaviors. #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2. Leaders underestimate the power of a positive words, gestures and actions. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: America has always shined at giving! American corporations can now lead the way. CSR speaks to a better future #tchatIrene Becker
A2: Leaders fall short when they promote #socialgood activities but only on employees own time #tchatAlli Polin
A2: They fall short when they latch on to the word “or” in the question. #TChatBrent Skinner
A2. We have a tendency to internalize our positive emotions towards others and externalize our negative reactions towards others. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: In ON Canada volunteerism is now mandated as part of high sch. curriculumn. Wonderful results that extend to orgs too #tchatIrene Becker
A2 An organization’s holiday social good effort should meet tangible & intangible needs. #tchatJoe Sanchez
A2: The delta between what the company does between Jan-Nov shouldn’t be that much smaller than what they do during Dec #TChatPaul Hebert
A2: Leaders fall short when they are the “show horse” rather than the “work horse.” #TChatJon M
A2: If employees feel like somebody is “keeping score” on them, leadership has failed. #TChatTom Bolt
A2: A leader I know started a community giving task force so he could put it in the newsletter. One soup kitchen & done #sad #tchatAlli Polin
#tchat #A2 Leaders fall short when they have competing priorities. Balance is a tough disciplineMichael Leiter
A2: i.e. contributing to causes that support ‘x’ yet have practices that speak to the contrary.re: Agreed. @CareerTips2Go #tchatprettypinkponies
A2: Actions speak louder than words #TChat and I go back to if you are authentic @ReCenterMoment (sip EggNog) people KNOW and FEEL itLori~TranslationLady
A2. When it comes to engaging, sharing, caring, a little goes a long way. #tchatMichael Clark
A2) Fall short every time they ‘try’ to project #socialgood. Heartfelt sentiment is something that you shouldn’t have to ‘try’ to do. #TchatPhil Komarny
A2: Social good has to be genuine or it’s sniffed out a mile away, seasonal or not. #tchat #tchatAlex Theis
A2: Leaders fall short when they do not include volunteering as part of the program just cutting a check doesn’t cut it #tchatJen Olney
A2: I believe that orgs will also start to include more volunteerism, or reward it as part of corp culture ane emp. engagement #tchatIrene Becker
A2 – many leaders are sociopaths – don’t understand the idea of giving without getting – don’t comprehend charity and caring #TChatPaul Hebert
A2. Expand the definition of #socialgood to include kind words, emotional connections and positive choice making. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: Gr8 examples of enterprise contribution yr rnd: @gatesfoundation and many offshoots, initiatives by @dell @ge and many others #tchatIrene Becker
A2 Leaders fall short when their behavior does not match the “spirit” of those within the organization. #TchatMarla Gottschalk PhD
A2: When they don’t do any #socialgood during the holiday season or year round. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A2: Org’s fail when they try to turn expressions of gratitude into a “program” or only focus on it once a year #tchatSusan Mazza
A2: Actions that don’t align with CSR-related words do more harm to employee engagement than not mentioning it in the first place! #tchatCassie LP
A2) Fall short when there is no follow up to a big corp announcement that “good is being done.” Show results of time, donation, etc. #tchatinTalent Co
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A2 – #Leaders fall short when they focus 2 much on the “bottom line” & 4get that their customers are people, not products! #TChatDr. Antoine D. Moss
A2 Orgs fall short if not integrated into vision, strategic direction. Social good culture isn’t formed by one-offs #TChatClaire Crossley
A2: Leaders need to be authentic in their giving & avoid making it a spectacle. People see through this fast. #tchatEarly Careerists
A2: Many leaders don’t tell the story of why or motivation so the sharing seems mechanical/ political. We believe passionate! #TChatJanis Stacy
A2: Leaders fall short when they do not walk the talk. Some only pay lip service. #tchatDaisy Wright
A2 leaders fail at doing #socialgood if it’s just a once a year thing. It should be a value, not an annual task. #tchatJennifer King
Even if motives are displaced it’s always good to do good. Sometimes actions have to lead our hearts. A2 #tchatJocelyn Aucoin
A2. Leaders fall short by not taking the time to get to know those under their charge, and how these times affect each individual. #tchatChance Casas
A2 I keep thinking “Undercover Boss” – “social good” has little meaning unless there’s a change that folks can see #tchat’Steve Levy
A2. Many leaders (and everyone else) fear the transparency created when we authentically reflect another’s greatness. #tchatMichael Clark
A2: #Leaders fall short in projecting #socialgood when it is only about the #image and #onceayear season
A2: Years ago dozens of my co’s employees bonded over Christmas in April. Leaders & newbies hip to hip #socialgood #tchatAlli Polin
A2: Ask the question: does (fill in the blank w/ the social good effort) meet tangible needs? #TChatAndrew Henck
A2. Is it ok to use EGO and LEADERSHIP in the same sentence? #TChatDave Ryan, SPHR
A2 This year we are giving your Xmas bonus to OUR favorite charity! #tchatCASUDI
A2: Inconsistency. #tchatprettypinkponies
A2: It rings a bit hollow when you only do it once a year instead of all year round, doesn’t it? #tchatRob McGahen
A2)”Portion of proceeds” promotions always make me wonder. Why not just say what the portion is….or give a lump/significant amount. #tchatRed Zone Resources
A2: If you act like the Grinch all year long and only show your heart at the holidays your motives may be questioned #tchatSusan Mazza
@meghanmbiro A2: I think it’s a matter of donating time vs. money. Employees who are encouraged to do volunteer work excel. #TChatCream.hr
A2: They fall short when the employees know they are not sincere! #TChatRobert Rojo
A2: Leaders fall short when they are inconsistent in what they do or words don’t match actions. #TChatJon M
A2: When #socialgood is mandated and is a photo-op for leadership instead of out of the desire to do/give #tchatAlli Polin
A2: Sorry, but I’d hope leaders wouldn’t be “projecting” an image of doing good, but influencing others to live it. #TChatAndrew Henck
A2 – when someone asks what’ #TChatPaul Hebert
A2 Social good has to be Authentic. Cheap, nasty and second-thought celebrating is often too evident. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A2: Leaders fall short when they make it about themselves and not about the cause they support #tchatJen Olney
A2 Projecting an image is called marketing…doing is called being a professional… #tchat’Steve Levy
A2: When they make token efforts at the holiday season to ‘reward’ employees. #tchatRob McGahen
keep the great answers coming & don’t forget to use A1, A2 etc. when responding to the questions! #TChatTalentCulture
A2) Leaders lead by example and not by intention or motivational posters :) #tchatJim Ducharme
Q3: What can #leaders do year ‘round to give credibility to end-of-year, seasonal shows of #socialgood & sharing? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A3) sounds like doing good is really not as important as being good in a corporate karma sense ;) #tchatJim Ducharme
A3: Making #socialgood a team building project – promote it as a way to bring employees together and do good in the process #tchatJen Olney
A3: Reward and recognize others who give back. #tchatprettypinkponies
re: Agreed. Recognition and rewards. A3: @DarkMatterCon @jmass #Tchatprettypinkponies
A3. We can all do a better job of receiving. Strengthen that. #tchatMichael Clark
A3 – Leaders should be authentic all year long…it should be in their DNA to promote #socialgood regularly. #tchatDr. Antoine D. Moss
A3: I appreciate that my financial advisor asks clients what charities matter to them & gives. Works @ work too #tchatAlli Polin
A3: Organizations don’t have #feelings. #tchatprettypinkponies
A3. You’re all leaders, look how much you’re giving here now without any expectation of return. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: I like it when a company has a charity or social movement that it focuses on throughout the year, instead of just vol around xmas #TChatTheJobChaser
+100 @kathyherndon @Beverly_Davis: A3. Giving at Christmas shows you have holiday spirit. Giving yr around shows u have giving spirit #tchatSusan Mazza
“@AshLaurenPerez A3 why does “social good” have to be so stuffy? don’t make it seem like obligation-make it seem like social occasion #tchatSusan Mazza
A3 the problem with only focusing on #socialgood at this time of year is the need is year round. Needs to be culture #TChatPam Ross
A3: Leadership sets the tone – if leaders aren’t authentically concerned the org won’t be either. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3. We can all catch an positive energetic boost during the holidays and end of the year. #tchatMichael Clark
No, not much, I agree! “@ReCenterMoment: A3 Not much worse than insincere emotional expressions of appreciation. #tchat”Claire Crossley
A3: Ask employees what matters to them instead of dictating the only way of giving #socialgood #tchatAlli Polin
A3 leaders need to lead a culture of social good within the workplace and community. @jodysteinhauer does this really well! #TChatPam Ross
A3. Recognize people for recognizing people. #tchatMichael Clark
@pamelamaeross Hi Pam! A3) sharing the message of #social good all year round and recognizing employees who demostrate this. #tchat #tchatJennifer King
A3: Make it possible for people to bring passions to work even if uncomfortable (old org wouldn’t let AIDS Care come speak) #tchatAlli Polin
A3) Greed and short sightedness ultimately erodes everything…history is very clear. #tchatIrene Becker
A3 Not much worse than insincere emotional expressions of appreciation. #tchatMichael Clark
A3) I disagree CSR is an oxymoron. Purpose = Profit. Sustainability is creating value for others. Current recession result of greed #tchatIrene Becker
A3. why does “social good” have to be so stuffy? don’t make it seem like an obligation- make it seem like a social occasion #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
Agreed @ClaireSMBB A3 Leaders/orgs shd celebrate/give in small ways all year long, end the year celebrating all of those & more! #TChatMarcy Field
A3: Three C’s: care, connect, compensate well #tchatAlex Theis
A3: It’s too easy to plaster your logo on collateral. Engage those NPO’s around you, learn their needs + do what you can to meet them #TChatAndrew Henck
A3. Giving at Christmas is shows you have the holiday spirit. Giving year around shows you have a giving spirit. #tchatBeverly Davis
A3: Give (even praise) to those who deserve it all year and giving more at the EOY is icing on the cake #TChatLori~TranslationLady
A3. Too often, the
season’s giving within organizations happens in a one night party with dinner and open bar ( if you’re lucky.) #tchatMichael Clark
A3: Rising to the Challenge Before Us http://bit.ly/LtSwAc America can lead the way in csr. Time to lead forward #tchatIrene Becker
‘@Redzonejobs: A3) Pick a cause, visibly give time, money, etc consistently all yr round culminating in more giving/show real impact #tchatSusan Mazza
A3: Matching contributions to charitable organizations of employee’s choice is a way to encourage doing good and it is not forced. #TChatTom Bolt
A3. invite others to do social good with you- make it a company outting… keep it fun #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3 #tchat So much comes down to believing in your values enough to live themMichael Leiter
re: A3: How can an organization demonstrate appreciation for others’ behaviors? @jmass #tchatprettypinkponies
A3 leaders need to BE the moral compass of their group, division, company – it’s binary: Either they are or they aren’t #tchat’Steve Levy
A3) Provide opportunities for employees to volunteer in ways meaningful to them and share ways to participate in corp projects #TChatnancyrubin
A3. set an example and let your employees rise to the occasion #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3 – and a questions – how many companies crowdsource their socail resp. with their employees? Cool way to get buy in #TChatPaul Hebert
A3: Encourage employees to give back during the season or year-round. Allow them to take a day to volunteer. #TchatMark Van Baale
A3: Create an internal/external culture + reputation of social engagement + community stakeholders will give you credibility in Dec. #TChatAndrew Henck
A3: Let people talk about their community #socialgood activities at work. It’s not a time sink, it’s a value add #tchatAlli Polin
A3: Empower employees to give back while at work. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3: The actualization of change in relation to csr starts with one change done consistently that will + impact the entire sys. #tchatIrene Becker
A3: Scrap phoney United Way campaigns and other fake charity drives for the appearance of good. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: Create opportunities year round for employees to give back to the community and reward their efforts #tchatJen Olney
A3: Leaders can recognize people that give at work and to the community. #tchatAlli Polin
A3: Give time in the hols to cause they’ve given air-and-volunteer time to over the year – consistency, value & authenticity is key! #tchatCassie LP
A3) Leaders should get in the trenches of social giving and not just endorse/deliver the company checks during the year. #TchatinTalent Consulting
A3. If leadership doesn’t create a consistent culture of recognition and caring, employees will not believe #tchatMichael Clark
A3. Set goals at the beginning of the year/ provide updates throughout/ and results toward the end. Consistency #tchatChris Fields, MLHR
A3 Leaders/orgs should celebrate/give in small ways all year long, end the year celebrating all of those and more! #TChatClaire Crossley
A3. Do things quietly & enjoy the personal rewards. Ethics & Integrity r what u do when no one is watching #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A3: Taking care of your EMPLOYEES year round is also #socialgood !!! #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A3: Leaders can donate their time and invite people to join them #tchatAlli Polin
EVENING all :-) A3 The year end discussions are not interrogations but idea integration #tchatJohn Kosic
A3: Great leaders can know their employees and work with them year round on important social issues. #TChatJanis Stacy
A3: The Q answers itself. Be giving & give thanks all year long; theoretically, u won’t even have 2 @ Christmas. #TChatBrent Skinner
A3: Aren’t there ppl (or deps) that focus on community giving & sharing in most big orgs? Small orgs could do it, too #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A3 Quarterly reminders emphasizing a project. #TChatMelissa Lamson
A3) sharing the message of #social good all year round and recognizing employees who demostrate this. #tchatJennifer King
A3) Pick a cause and visibly give time, money, etc to it consistently all year round culminating in more giving & showing real impact #tchatRed Zone Resources
a3: Walk-the-talk all year and people will see you’re genuine during the holidays. #tchatSalary School
A3 – Donate time. If you want to save your big $ giving for the holidays, then donate time & volunteer throughout the year. #tchatJonathan Barrick
A3) sounds like doing good is really not as important as being good in a corporate karma sense ;) #tchatJim Ducharme
A3 – social consciousness must be part of the everyday before it can be highlighted in the season. #TChatPaul Hebert
A3: Leaders should be consistent in their generosity and message. The ‘missionary of the minute’ leader is always pegged as fake. #TChatTom Bolt
A3: Instead of a token year-end effort, make it a year-round thing. #tchatRob McGahen
A3. Leaders must track internal and external #socialgood just as meticulously as the financials. #tchatMichael Clark
A3: Celebrate people who commit acts of social good and sharing for who they are and what they are providing, not just their actions #tchatSusan Mazza
A3 Social good has to be consistent 24/7, and, where & when possible, cover the cultural spectrum. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A3. encourage employees to do #socialgood – maybe even tie them with contests to keep employees motivated to do it on their own #tchatAshley Lauren Perez
A3: Do more than sponsor an event or write a check. Send your folks out of the office during the workday. #TChatAndrew Henck
A3: Be consistent…Always! #tchatEarly Careerists
a3) Delgate responsibility, set main goal with waypoints and recognize and encourage effort. #tchatJim Ducharme
A3: Reward and recognize others who give back. #tchatprettypinkponies
A3 Make sharing and #socialgood an everyday event #tchatCASUDI
A3: Be consistent with social messaging year round. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A3: Making #socialgood a team building project – promote it as a way to bring employees together and do good in the process #tchatJen Olney
A3. Do the same thing all year that they do at the end of year. #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A3 – connect the day-to-day to the seasonal events – make it part of the Corp DNA #TChatPaul Hebert
A3: How about do #socialgood year round? #tchatRob McGahen
A3: Partner with organizations and groups and engage in Social Good efforts throughout the year. #tchatAmy Vernon
A3: Make sure they take care of their employees as well as they take care of themselves. After all, it’s bonus time. #TChatTalent Generation
BOOM! Q4: What are traditional vs. innovative ways for #leaders to express gratitude? What’s a good mix? #socialgood #121212concert #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A4) Pay for employees days off when volunteering time. Encourage social sharing of charitable messages. Neither cost $ to employee #TChatTim McDonald
A4: There are no cute tricks to expressing gratitude, but a few new channels for its delivery. Thank you, tech. #TChatBrent Skinner
A4: Make it personal. Keep it real. Show you care. Let them know they matter. — never about the form, always about the impact #tchatSusan Mazza
A4, time is more valuable than pay (to a degree) #tchatTom Spiglanin
A4. Forget titles and positions, lose your fear of engaging people. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 Nearly 40% of e’ees don’t feel they are recognized enough. Recognition, recognition, recognition. Continuous! #tchatJustin Angsuwat
A4: Give people what THEY want, not just what
YOU want… find out what matters #connect #tchatAlli Polin
A4. Everyone must be given fundamental insights into the cycles and rhythm of human performance. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Seem traditional was thanks, handshake and a “good job”, now not being layed off is showing “gratitude”. We can do better. #TChatJanis Stacy
A4: Saying I appreciate you should not be reserved for the end of the year.Be genuine & be generous with appreciation #tchatAlli Polin
A4. Choosing to be a positive force is the great equalizer of human performance. #tchatMichael Clark
“@MillennialTweet A4: Recgnze that 1 size does not fit all. Know ur folks- u’ll know how to express gratitude that does them justice. #TChatSusan Mazza
A4. Stop holding yourself back. The moment you see good, speak UP. #tchatMichael Clark
Yes! “@ReCenterMoment: A4. Like great teachers, leaders should always be watching for and recognizing positive performance. #tchat”Erin Colleen Goodell
A4: Seem traditional was thanks, handshake and a “good job”, now it seems not being layed off is the show of “gratitude”. #TChatJanis Stacy
A4. Engage one-to-one, moment-to-moment, in real-time IRL. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Please preserve the sanctity of “sharing” – and make it a gamification-free zone ;) #tchatExpertus
A4 (Just 4 Fun) Cash, Liquor, Furs, Expensive Autos, Gambling Trips, Viagra and recognition #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4: A good, old fashioned “thank you” always works. #tchatBright.com
A4: Make it personal. Keep it real. Show you care. Let them know they matter. — never about the form, always about the impact #tchatSusan Mazza
A4: Let team members nominate each other for recognition from leadership… a lunch, coffee or time spent w/leader #tchatAlli Polin
A4. Where and how are you concentrating your moment-to-moment attention and energy? #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Recognize that one size does not fit all. Know your folks + you’ll know how to express gratitude that does them justice. #TChatAndrew Henck
A4 All research points to frequent feedback & recognition. New social technologies enable us to do it right! #tchatJustin Angsuwat
A4. What you put your attention on grows. What you remove your attention from shrinks. #tchatMichael Clark
A4. Like great teachers, leaders should always be watching for and recognizing positive performance. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: I went to a catering meeting for our holiday party & gave our fabulous admin @EliseGilmore33 a gift card to the store upon return #TChatLori~TranslationLady
Down with job titles! MT @markvanbaale: A4: dont let ur title make you prideful. Personally thank ur employees. #tchatJocelyn Aucoin
#Tchat A4 Orgs who produce good will in their local community showcase their genuine nature offline: Gratitude is amplified by social mediaALEX BOTTOM
A4: Every ee has a goal, why don’t you find that goal and help them achieve it. #TChat i.e. higher ed, sales, networking, etcRabih Najjar
A4 When planning employee engagement events, see if there’s a link to social good – like volunteering as team at food bank #TChatPam Ross
A4: There’s no formula (i.e., no “right mix”) 2 expressing gratitude. Do it whenever u mean it. Use lotsa channels. #TChatBrent Skinner
A4: Don’t just give $$ – make sure they know why they matter & are appreciated #tchatAlli Polin
A4: I’d assume that “innovative ideas” aren’t widely executed, right? Doesn’t the latter = tradition? #TChatAndrew Henck
A4)Bring those impacted by company volunteerism in to meet those who cared enough to help/contribute. Make it human. #connect #tchatinTalent Consulting
A4: If you’re a CEO or president of a company, don’t let ur title make you prideful. Personally thank ur employees. #TChatMark Van Baale
A4: How do you know you have a good mix? Watch and listen – do people around you incl you feel appreciated? #tchatSusan Mazza
A4: Be mindful of those around you. See how they live/work + what needs they have. Respond accordingly w/ gratitude. #TChatAndrew Henck
A4 – send a note that says “you’ve still got a job” – the anti layoff #TChatPaul Hebert
A4 – Want an innovative way to appreciate? Give them something nostalgic. Connect to childhood. Means you need to learn about them. #TChatJonathan Barrick
A4) Pay for employees days off when volunteering time. Encourage social sharing of charitable messages. Neither cost $ to employee #TChatTim McDonald
A4: Make time for 1×1 time that starts with: I appreciate you because… #tchatAlli Polin
A4: Show up. Be present. #tchatprettypinkponies
A4: Traditionally: a crackin’ Christmas party and a positive outlook on the New Year. #TChatTheJobChaser
A4: The best know that personal touches, handwritten and from the heart leave their mark on others #tchatJen Olney
A4. Leaders must create and engage a strategic plan for becoming a positive force of recognition and #gratitude. #tchatMichael Clark
A4: Don’t know about the mix, but a pat on the back and a ‘thank you’ means a lot to most ppl. #TChatTom Bolt
A4 take a moment and listen observe and respond to those not at shareholder level @tamcdonald @MeghanMBiro #tchatJohn Kosic
A4: Find ways to involve everyone vs. use a committee to “put on a show” #tchatSusan Mazza
A4: Be more original than handing out gift cards – make it personal and leave a lasting impression #tchatJen Olney
A4 Look at all of your partners/vendors. good example – check out @Zoealliance #socialgood #tchatPam Ross
A4: Gratitude should certainly go beyond financial reward #TchatScott M. Hutcheson
A4: I could submit people on my team & their story to the CEO/President & they got a personal note of thanks #tchatAlli Polin
A4: Innovative or not, just make it heartfelt and honest. Appreciation is not just for the holidays. #tchatPhil Komarny
A4) Getting on vid or PA system in office is traditional/tired, as is mass thx email. Leaders GO where emp actually sit and say thx! #tchatRed Zone Resources
A4. The most innovative way for #leadership to give back is to engage-connect-share-care with each and every employee. #tchatMichael Clark
A4 no reason to be fancy but your boss can always write you a nice LinkedIn recommendation -even if it makes u more recruitable #tchat’Steve Levy
A4. Saying Thanks a job well done publicly and privately #TChatDave Ryan, SPHR
A4: A specific thank you for a specific accomplishment – shows the leader is engaged and aware of contributions. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A4: Authentic expressions of gratitude are as contagious as laughter – use social technology to fuel the contagion #tchatSusan Mazza
A4: Let your “world of work” express its holiday self, within reason of course. I want a “Rock of Ages” Nativity scene on my desk. #TChatKevin W. Grossman
A4: Give options beyond $$. Set boundaries & ask what’s important to them #tchatAlli Polin
A4: Get creative by shining a light on employees. Used to print a cookbook with employee recipes. Sent to every client. #tchat #twoferBryan Chaney
A4 Traditional would be plaques, award ceremonies, ‘an exercise’ imo. Innovative, for me, can be as simple as an unexpected thank you #TChatClaire Crossley
A4: There are no cute tricks to expressing gratitude, but a few new channels for its delivery. Thank you, tech. #TChatBrent Skinner
A4: Does my heart good to see an executive serving at the local food bank! #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A4 Gratitude: Send a email to employee and cc in your +1 – thanking them for specific accomplishments #tchat’Steve
Levy
A4: Meaningful expressions of gratitude opens hearts in any form – traditional or innovative – choose whatever is natural for you #tchatSusan Mazza
#Tchat #121212concert A4 say a heartfelt thank you!alinalara
A4 – just pay it forward – in any way that makes sense #TChatPaul Hebert
A4: Send a thank you note to your staff members family noting how proud they should be. #tchatEarly Careerists
A4) never give your staff fruitcake! #tchatJim Ducharme
A4: “Thank you” never goes out of style. #TChatTalent Generation
A4 – who are we expressing gratitude for? to whom? Emps? Others? Vendors? Clients? the world? #TChatPaul Hebert
A4 Tech and Tradition can mix. Orgs have to demonstrate gratitude in line with normal operating standards & possibly exceed them. #TChatEnzo Guardino
A4: Traditional: year-end. Innovative: year-round. #tchatRob McGahen
>> Anyone? LOL >> Q5: How is technology helping orgs to express gratitude? What are the pros and cons? #TChatMeghan M. Biro
A5 tech helps spread messages way faster (pro). A con is tech can be overused & become impersonal if not balanced w/ face-to-face! #tchatJeff Waldman
A5. Look at us here now engaging-connecting-supporting across the world. #tchatMichael Clark
A5: Given a choice? Pick up the phone, walk to someone’s desk. Tell them thanks & you matter. Tech is fast, IRL connects #tchatAlli Polin
A5: Beware of over-relying on technology. Make sure u express gratitude in a way that creates meaningful connection #tchatSusan Mazza
A5. Strengthening our capacity to receive, expands our desire to give. #tchatMichael Clark
A5: Good witch/bad witch – social channels amplify stories & msgs of “good” works. But can cross-over to forced/contrived self-promo #tchatExpertus
a5) seen today, email appreciation to a team from VP, copied to all cognizant parties including all team members’ line mgt. #class #tchatTom Spiglanin
A5 a con w/ tech is if it’s used for someone who is not comfortable being recognized publicly – need to fit the channel w/ the person #tchatJeff Waldman
A5: “Technology” has connected me to countless causes, needs and orgs to channel gratitude + support (i.e. @Kiva @WorldVision @IJMHQ) #TChatAndrew Henck
A5: We have the ability to reach out and touch more with the platforms, for that we can all be grateful #tchatJen Olney
A5: A note of thanks on email can be saved & shared easily. CC used well! #tchatAlli Polin
A5 Can develop an online form to nominate other employees. Recognition from fellow employees means a lot to workers. #TchatHeather Rothbauer
A5: Ecards make it easy and cheap… get it? “cheap!” #tchatNeil MacGregor
A5)Overall technology is good but can make the interaction/expressions of gratitude seem less personal. Again..connection is good. #tchatinTalent Consulting
A5) If you’re real tech is your timeline of goodwill through the year. Create a culture page on your site – show em some soul. #tchatJim Ducharme
A5. Oh, the wonderful places we will go united via #tech #tchatMichael Clark
A5: Employee appreciate via #SocialMedia is a great way to recognize good deeds. #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A5: Personal use Tech gifts are cool!! IPad? Also tech helps expand awareness. But showing gratitude needs be personal. #TChatJanis Stacy
A5: Those with smart phones can text donations – but not everyone has a smart phone (newsflash) #TChatNancy Barry-Jansson
A5: Tech can help us express gratitude real-time. On a biz trip & can IM my team member to recognize good I heard about #tchatAlli Polin
A5) network-based technology increases agility to recognize achievement; challenge is keeping it personal, need to be genuine #tchatTom Spiglanin
A5: A nice, simple note of personal thanks from a leader/manager via email to employees can be done w/today’s tech. #TChatMark Van Baale
A5 Some good info like the NYC cop buyt the boots gets sent around the world quickly #TchatDave Ryan, SPHR
A5: Tech makes gratitude easier, but less personal and authentic. #TchatScott M. Hutcheson
A5 tech gives ppl more options to recognize but is only 1 option of many! #tchatJeff Waldman
A5 – tech has made it too easy – reduces the “personal.” Made it efficient at the cost of effective #TChatPaul Hebert
A5. #Tech + #Community + #SocialGood = Saving our beautiful planet. #tchatMichael Clark
A5) Technology helps gratitude go viral for one thing! :) #tchatRed Zone Resources
A5 tech can help share recognition broadly, publicly – BUT can’t be the only way – doesn’t replace IRL genuine Thank You #TChatPam Ross
A5 tech helps spread messages way faster (pro). A con is tech can be overused & become impersonal if not balanced w/ face-to-face! #tchatJeff Waldman
A5: (insert cliche comment on the “human touch” that is needed) #TChatAndrew Henck
A5. Look at us here now engaging-connecting-supporting across the world. #tchatMichael Clark
A5 Too much tech is distancing Orgs and gratitude has less value than before. Done tastefully, the pros outweigh cons #TChatEnzo Guardino
A5 #Tchat Paper greeting cards thru snail mail are unlikely to be a spam scam but ecards . . .Michael Leiter
A5: #Tech speeds up communication and engagement #tchatKathy Herndon, GPHR
A5: Just more opps to do so. But do tech right, or you’ll be right back @ seeming inauthentic again. #TChatBrent Skinner
A5 Tech flattens an org, but not the holiday spirit. Real comms, and real feelings across the org are made easier by tech. #tchatNeil MacGregor

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