It’s been nearly two months since I last wrote a post, which is a long time even for me!
Its busy as ever on placement, which is no surprise, and I’m still learning new things every week. It hit me the other day that I feel comfortable in what I do, I don’t feel like the newbie or lost, I know what I need to do and get on with my role. I genuinely feel part of the team and if I need help with anything I know where to go.
That was a revaluation for me, and in truth scared me a bit. It made me realise that I don’t have long left as a student and I won’t have that “freedom” I’ve had for the past 5 or so years. It was a poignant reminder that in a year or so this will be my future, where ever I go after graduating. It’s not that I don’t love what I do, don’t get me wrong it’s bloody amazing, it’s the fact that I’m growing up. Something I wished for when I was younger but now kind of regret.
Placement taught me a lot of thing and not just about work. I feel like I’ve matured, In a good way, and its made me appreciate everything a whole lot more.
Its given me a glimpse of what life will be like post Uni and how things work in the real world. Living away from everyone you know an starting afresh in a new place, it’s hard but I’ve done it. It may not seem like a big achievement but to me it is.
Anyway cringed revelation over.
April saw the appointment of our new Core Charities, which we support internally. I was genuinely surprised to get such a huge response from colleagues about who they wanted to support, one thing I’ve found is that engaging internal stakeholders is harder than it seems. There’s no one singular right way to do it, everyone responds in different ways and generic communications generally get ignored. You have to tailor your communication to your audiences, much like you’d do with external stakeholders.
Anyway, we started building our relationship with one of the charities by visiting them to see how we could maximise the benefits of our partnership. It was a great meeting in which we discussed the different ways we could get involved in each others activities and make a positive difference to the charity’s beneficiaries.
CSR, I’ve found is great way to engage internal stakeholders whilst also engaging external publics. It’s somethings that’s often just ignored or action to check off a tick box in accordance with company policy. Actually if done properly not only does it make a difference for good, but it also can help improve an organisations image and internal attitude. I recently read a case study regarding a company in Greece who, despite being caught in a national economic recession, decided to donate X amount ( X represents a numerical figure of which i cannot remember!) to charity regardless of their profits. Their employees when hearing about this were surprised – but also proud of their employers. In a time when businesses were falling victim to this vicious recession the company offered its own profits to charity. This helped improve employee satisfaction and encourage them to do the same.
Anyway this was just an example and in truth money doesn’t solve everything – but that’s a different post.
I’ve rambled on long enough! Here’s a Selfie from my recent visit to New York to keep you at ease!