Charity begins at work

David Farmer our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 5/21/2018 6:39 PM
At Harnham, we believe that charity begins at work. We allow each employee to take one paid charity day off a year, in addition to their annual leave, to work for a charity of their choice. In December 2017, almost every employee in our London office decided to use their charity day to collectively volunteer for a local charity. In the lead up to Christmas, 50 employees went out in small groups daily to volunteer at the Wimbledon Foodbank. Employees generously brought in their own food to donate, and Harnham also donated a £500 supermarket order. 

Thanks to our volunteering at the Wimbledon foodbank, we contributed to providing help to 889 people in crisis in December 2017. 8 tons of food was donated, sorted and dated, and over 300 food parcels were handed out. In comparison, during November, 352 people were fed, 124 parcels were handed out, and 3 tons of donations were received. In order to keep supporting the Wimbledon Foodbank, employees have the opportunity to donate directly to them through our Payroll Just Giving Scheme. Harnham also matches all donations up to the value of £20.

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You can read more of Bar’s thoughts on creating a Diverse workforce here.  How the brain asks for Inclusion, not Diversity Kirsten Brueckner – CMO | mobile.de Our brain asks for inclusion, not diversity. Why? Our brain is incredibly smart in being as efficient as possible. This means that 95% of our decision making is unconscious and 70% of it is influenced by emotions (and we are great in post-rationalising). Most of the time we are on autopilot based on past experiences and knowledge and we don't even know this. We mix past experiences and knowledge with the input we get and form our own version of reality, which is a challenge in communication.What does that tell us about diversity? It’s difficult as we can't be on autopilot if we want to make progress. We need to discard past experiences and question our current knowledge. 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