Corporate social responsibility, or the programs a company implements to boost the wellbeing of their communities and society, is on the rise. An estimated 90 percent of companies on the S&P 500 index published a CSR report in 2019, compared to just 20 percent in 2011. And while these initiatives can fall into a number of pillars, their prevalence points to one clear truth: It’s important to employees and to communities that companies care about the world around them.
Metrohm USA, a Florida-based scientific company that creates innovative, high quality products for laboratories of all kinds, has many of the perks employees love to see: flexible hours and remote flexibility, as well as top scores for metrics like Management Opportunities and Paid Time Off. But it’s their focus on giving back—to their community and to their people—that made us want to learn more about why one very satisfied rater says they feel “connected” to the company’s core values and “supported” in their career.
We took a deep dive into Metrohm’s community-focused benefits and culture—and what we know about research on the initiatives they offer—to illustrate just how powerful a culture that cares can be. These are the three ways they make an impact on their world and workforce.
Rated most highly for Flexible Work Hours, Employer Responsiveness, and Paid Time Off, Metrohm USA offers women the flexibility they desire while also staying attuned to the needs and wants of their workforce. And with core values like Integrity, Trust, Fairness, and Perseverance, it’s no wonder one very satisfied rater says they’re “passionate about the success of Metrohm.” Click to learn more about the company and its ratings now!
3 ways Metrohm impacts their world and workforce
1. Metrohm gives back to the community
Community engagement doesn’t just make people feel good. When a company gives back, they show employees and even local stakeholders that the projects they’re focusing on matter, and that has the potential to drive change on the local level, not to mention employee engagement. Research suggests volunteer time can build soft skills like public speaking, work ethic, communication, teamwork, problem solving, and more.
Dedicating time to volunteer doesn’t take long, either, and it can double as a culture-building activity. At Metrohm, every employee is granted 16 hours—or two days—of paid time off to use for Charity Volunteer Time. They can choose a not-for-profit organization to help out with during their normal work schedule. Many teams have used this time to bond while cleaning up around Tampa Bay or working at a local food bank, Feeding Tampa Bay.
2. Metrohm supports causes employees care about
Companies that care can also decenter themselves from the decision-making about what matters and what doesn’t, allowing employees’ interests and passions to shine. For instance, while Metrohm allocates company time for volunteering, they also offer a Matching Gift Program to encourage employees to make even more of a difference for the causes they care about. This program is designed to match part of an employee’s contribution to an eligible not-for-profit charity. Employees can apply to “Matching Gifts” grants to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities in all sectors, including health and sciences, arts and culture, community and human services, animals and environment, and education.
While employee choice here is so important, it’s also just one of the benefits of this type of programming. Such corporate social responsibility programs, like volunteering as a team, boost employee engagement and loyalty, and they positively reflect on an organization’s brand, which draws new talent. A win-win all around.
3. Metrohm makes celebrating employees part of company culture
What’s the easiest, yet often overlooked, way to show care? Celebrating people and their accomplishments. Not only do regular celebrations provide ways for employees to bond and get to know one another, but they also boost morale and reinforce the company’s culture. Oh, and they make people feel good. That’s important.
Metrohm’s culture is all about giving, as you’ve seen, and they drive that home by recognizing employees for everything they’ve done with their volunteer time in the past 12 months during the company's annual celebration. Plus, they keep positivity high by making recognition an ongoing effort. The company has an online recognition platform where managers and employees can publicly and privately celebrate their peers, and this year, they launched the Metrohm Values Award, which recognizes the people who live and lead with the company's values every day. The two individuals who are selected for the award will receive not only a $2,000 cash payment, but also an all-expenses paid trip to Switzerland! It’s these heartfelt touches that reinforce what matters most: people.