The holiday season is always a great time to reflect on what you have and how you can help others. So in this edition of C-News we’re taking that concept and literally putting it to work…in the workplace…with tips on how you can give back professionally, whether with your time, experience, or influence. And since we all know that giving feels good, why limit it to once a year?
Be a Mentor
One of the best ways to help others is by mentoring them. The impact and potential benefits of a formal mentoring relationship can span an entire career. But in order for mentoring relationships to be effective, formal programs need to be planned, designed, and implemented properly. Check out our Making Mentoring Work series for all the tools you and your organization need to get started and read one woman’s story…
While mentoring can be rewarding for both mentors and mentees, sponsorship is an even more vital and effective tool for advancement. Not only is sponsorship key to advancing high performers, sponsors also get something in return. This includes feedback, enhanced skills, increased knowledge of company needs and opportunities, and personal and professional satisfaction. Find out how you can be a sponsor now.
Inclusive leadership requires courage. It’s easy to go with the flow, but if you don’t recognize bias and call out wrongdoing, you’re part of the problem. Unconscious biases are real and everybody has them. Here’s how you can combat unconscious bias as an individual and as a leader. We'll help you speak up! Sign up for our Inclusive Leadership Training Course: Leading with Effective Communication, beginning in April 2016.
You know who you really should give back to? Yourself and your family! If you’re lucky enough to have a company that offers flexible work options, isn’t it time you take advantage of them? Organizations and individuals benefit from focusing on productivity and results, and relying on flexibility helps them do that. Flex is about more than time, it's also about being open in questioning the process of how work should be done. Kick off your new year with a new plan and perhaps a new work-life strategy.
It's Giving Tuesday! Support an Organization That Supports You
Catalyst wouldn’t exist without the generous support of our member companies and individuals like you. We’re proud to be listed as a top charity for women's rights in New York Magazine's 2015 Gift Guide issue and to have been recognized by CharityWatch as a "Top-Rated" Charity. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, December 1, please help us continue to conduct our important work on women and diversity in the workforce with a tax-deductible contribution.* (Why not double or triple the impact of your gift at no additional cost? Check with your employer to see if your gift can be matched through a matching gift program.)
*Gifts made through to Catalyst, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are fully tax-deductible.