Connecting Communities: How Organizations Create a Better Workplace through Giving

Wellness and well-being became serious considerations for HR about ten years ago, though interest accelerated in recent years. However, the last year and a half pushed the concepts of our shared humanity to the forefront.

Much of the discussion in HR and the broader business community has been about managing employee stress (and our own) in especially hectic and unpredictable times. However, on a much more positive note, there has been a marked increase in employees and organizations seeking ways to help each other. 

Understanding the workforce from their years of dealing with the human side of it, isolved decided to make a bold move and with a portal for employees and organizations to express their sense of community and caring by acquiring Givful, which Brandon Hall Group wrote about at the time

The next step in that process was to combine Givful’s capabilities and mission with isolved’s powerful platform, integrations and data to create isolved Giving & Volunteering, a new offering from isolved that allows organizations to match and track donations, employees to easily contribute to charities or local communities of their choice and much more.

Recent Brandon Hall Group research showed that the top four challenges organizations faced in trying to create a sense of community in their workforce were:

  1. Lack of priority
  2. Time
  3. Current organizational culture
  4. Technology

isolved Giving & Volunteering solves all of these challenges. Lack of priority can no longer be an excuse as isolved Giving & Volunteering allows employees to develop their own community by interacting with the platform with their own initiatives. Organizations gain any time loss they might incur through streamlined tax and compliance automations. 

Culture, although at third was still a prominent factor, is the most readily addressed of these challenges. By creating a sense of togetherness and place within the local community and beyond, employees will be more engaged at work, more likely to feel included and engender a culture that recognizes and rewards helping others.

The technology piece of course is what isolved Giving & Volunteering is all about. There have been many hardships and pressures on the workforce but that does not mean we must lose our sense of togetherness. As one of the few solutions with the means to help employees express their desire to engage with each other — and their community — isolved is doing more than healing to solve a problem; they are giving the workforce the means to help each other.  

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Mike Cooke

Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.