Millennials Are Shifting CSR From Bonus To Necessity
25th Oct 2021
Millennials (born 1981-1996) and Gen Z (1997-2012) are changing the way we think about business and consumer culture. No longer are salaries and career trajectories the only important thing when choosing employment, and cheap and reliable products are no longer the only thing consumers are looking for. Being socially responsible, having a good reputation, and doing good for wider society are now major players for both professionals and customers when choosing employers and products.
In five years time, 75% of the workforce will be either Millennials or Gen Z. In just four years time 30%, will be Gen Z. The importance of recognising generational differences in what they are looking for from an employer and producer is of fundamental importance to your business. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is already a major aspect of business culture, and its significance will only increase.
What is corporate social responsibility?CSR schemes are designed to improve the social and environmental impact of companies, demonstrating that they care about the wider community. This can take a number of different forms, whether it be working in soup kitchens, painting schools, or using your skills to benefit impact organisations. Here at Matchable we specialise in the latter, aiming to match companies and their employees with tailored projects at non-profits and impact startups.
Employee attraction: quality and quantityEmployee attraction is important to any business. If an organisation can attract more applications, they will have a larger pool to choose from and therefore will most likely obtain better employees. In a study done by Daniel Hedblom and Brent R. Hickman, they found that people were 26% more likely to apply for jobs if CSR was mentioned in the description compared to identical jobs where it was not mentioned. Furthermore, 64% of Millennials say they would not accept a job at a company they deem to be not socially responsible. By ignoring CSR, a business will be potentially losing out on a large pool of intelligent and talented Millennials.
The link between a prevalent CSR culture and employee retention is also significant. A report by Benevity Inc. showed that workplace turnover is reduced by 57% when employees volunteered their time and donated money to charity compared to when they did neither. CSR was shown to have a direct result on employees staying at their companies. This is fundamentally important to businesses of all sizes. Total costs of losing and having to replace an employee can be as much as 1.5 to 2 times the individual’s annual salary. US companies alone are estimated to lose $160 billion every year due to this employee turnover. Keeping employees satisfied at your organisation by introducing CSR projects is therefore incredibly cost-effective.
Business reputation and CSR
CSR is an integral part of an organisation’s overall reputation. Analysis shows that an individuals willingness to buy, recommend, work for, and invest in a company is driven 60% by reputation, and only 40% by the quality of products and services it sells. As the study also showed that 41% of how people feel about a company is based purely on the firm’s CSR practices, it is evident that CSR is not only beneficial, but essential for businesses.