Workers Satisfied with Social Responsibility

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<p><strong>Purchase, N.Y. &mdash; May 2<br /></strong>Employees who are satisfied with their company&#39;s commitment to social responsibility have positive views about their employer in several other key areas &mdash; including its sense of direction, competitiveness, integrity, interest in its well-being and employee engagement &mdash; according to a survey conducted by Sirota Survey Intelligence, specialists in attitude research.</p><p>Seventy percent of employees are positive about their employer&#39;s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the survey of 1.6 million employees from more than 70 organizations.</p><p>Employees who have a favorable view of an organization&#39;s corporate social responsibility commitment in such areas as environmental awareness are also positive about several factors important to its success, including:</p><ul><li>Senior management&#39;s integrity</li><li>Senior management&#39;s inspirational sense of direction</li><li>Organization&#39;s competitiveness in the marketplace</li><li>Company&#39;s interest in employees&#39; well-being</li><li>Employees&#39; engagement or pride in their organization</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Businesses that recognize the importance of social responsibility often have employees who tend to be more satisfied with their jobs, adopt similar values and become more committed to achieving success within the industry,&quot; said Douglas Klein, Sirota Survey Intelligence president.<br /><br />Among employees with a positive view of their organization&#39;s CSR commitment, 71 percent also rate senior management as having high integrity.&nbsp; </p><p>When employees are negative about their employer&#39;s CSR activities, only 21 percent rate senior management as having high integrity.</p><p>&quot;Employee views of CSR are connected with a broader assessment of the character of senior leadership,&nbsp; meaning that management can be relied on to follow through on what they say,&quot; Klein said. &quot;However, leaders who are seen as incapable of following through are unlikely to be regarded as being socially responsible.&quot;<br /><br />Sixty-seven percent of employees who are satisfied with their employer&#39;s CSR commitment feel senior management has a strong sense of direction.&nbsp; </p><p>When employees are negative about their company&#39;s CSR activities, only 18 percent feel senior management has a strong sense of direction.<br /><br />&quot;Effective leaders connect the dots for their employees,&quot; Klein said. &quot;When employees question the time or money spent on certain social initiatives or any other activities, an effective leader will demonstrate the strategic importance these programs play in supporting the interests of the business.&quot; <br /><br />Eighty-six percent employees who are satisfied with their organization&#39;s CSR commitment have high levels of engagement. </p><p>When employees are negative about their employer&#39;s CSR activities, only 37 percent are highly engaged.<br /><br />&quot;A sense of pride is a major driver of both morale and business results because people want to be associated with a successful organization that has a positive image,&quot; Klein said. &quot;Insightful leaders recognize that strategic CSR enhances morale, and higher morale contributes to better business results.&quot;<br /><br />Seventy-five percent of employees who are satisfied with their company&#39;s commitment to CSR feel their employer is interested in their well-being.&nbsp; </p><p>When employees are negative about their company&#39;s CSR commitment, only 17 percent say their company is interested in their well-being &mdash; the lowest finding in the study.<br /><br />&quot;Employees do not divide the moral compass of their company into one part for employees and another part for the community,&quot; Klein said. &quot;Their employers&#39; commitment to corporate social responsibility is critical in conveying that the organization acts in their best interests and is dedicated to treating them fairly and equitably.&quot;<br /><br />Eighty-two percent of employees who are satisfied with their employer&#39;s CSR commitment also feel their organization is highly competitive in the marketplace.&nbsp; </p><p>When employees are negative about their company&#39;s CSR activities, only 41 percent feel it is competitive in the marketplace.<br /><br />&quot;To employees, CSR and business success go together,&quot; Klein said. &quot;Companies that enhance their reputations through CSR&nbsp; perform better and generate greater employee loyalty from workers.&quot;</p>

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