The Leap500 is a list of the leading charities, non-profits and social enterprises (“Good Orgs”) around the world that offer opportunities for companies and their employees to get involved in their cause.
Nominate your charity for the Leap500 here.
The Leap platform is built to be “no-training required” for employees.
The look and feel is very similar to other popular consumer social networks and communication platforms.
To give you a quick overview though, here are some FAQs with some extra tips to get going quickly:
How do I create or edit my Profile?
1. Go to “Me” and click “Edit Profile”.
2. Complete details.
Tip: Be sure to add a photo of yourself. This helps colleagues find you.
3. Now you will be visible around the site.
You can edit your Profile at anytime by repeating this process.
There’s a recent post on Forbes.com by Kevin Kruse that asks: “What is Employee Engagement?”
That may be the most unasked question in the world of HR and CSR. So many companies striving for it, so few clear on what it is.
Here’s Kevin’s answer summed up in a few bullets:
Most importantly, from the perspective of a business owner/founder, I see eye-to-eye on what he calls the Engagement-Profit Chain:
“When employees care—when they are engaged—they use discretionary effort.”
And here’s how employee engagement leads to ROI and higher stock prices:
Engaged Employees lead to…
1. higher service, quality, and productivity, which leads to…
2. higher customer satisfaction, which leads to…
3. increased sales (repeat business and referrals), which leads to…
4. higher levels of profit, which leads to…
5. higher shareholder returns (i.e., stock price)
Kevin reminds us of the former Campbell’s Soup CEO, Doug Conant, who once said:
“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.”
If you want to dig deeper on exactly how he suggests companies drive engagement, including how to win a “Best Place to Work” award within 12 months, you can read his latest book:
Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers).
Kevin is a serial entrepreneur and author. He’s @kruse on Twitter.
Sunrise over the clouds
We’ve expanded the platform from a focus purely on corporate responsibility to a complete employee engagement solution.
Most of our current clients are now live, engaging with the new functionality and reporting by far the most positive employee feedback to date.
We are excited to announce we will be launching the expanded version of Leap with new clients from July 2012.
Why employee engagement…
Through working closely with clients and partners it’s been clear over the past 18 months that the landscape for corporate responsibility and employee engagement is evolving quickly.
Leading employers are striving to make “good business”, CSR and Sustainability completely integrated and embedded.
Silos where HR, Internal Comms, CSR and business teams are working independently of each other are coming down.
And perhaps most importantly, when we asked employees we got one clear message:
Whether it’s CSR initiatives, Learning & Development activities, Health & Wellbeing drives and work-related sport and social events they’re all a vital part of the overall employee experience.
And for those reasons, we’ve evolved the platform to meet these new expectations.
What this means for your company…
In the new version of Leap, we’ve handed controls of how to customize and tailor the platform over to you.
Here is a quick overview.
First, give the platform the look and feel of your brand.
Just follow the instructions here:
1. When you get in, go to the “My Company” tab.
2. Then click “Admin”.
This is where you can make all the changes to the platform. You are automatically set as a “Company Admin” because you’re the first user.
We’re excited to announce that the Leap platform is now translated into French, German and Swedish.
We worked to achieve this alongside Logica, one of Leap’s global clients committed to employees across the globe coming together on one unified engagement platform.
This language functionality helps increase engagement at office locations in countries where local business is done in the local language.
More languages will be added soon.
If you’d like to request a particular language, you can do that by clicking on the Support & Feedback button at LeapCR.com.
Many companies are using excel spreadsheets to track volunteering.
Anyone that has ever tried to track hundreds or thousands of employees this way knows all too well it’s shortcomings.
Leap makes this process simpler, faster and more accurate.
Here’s how it works.
1. Just click “Volunteer Hours” from any page on the site.
2. Complete the form. Each company using Leap can tailor the skills on this form in order to better track skills-based volunteering.
3. That’s it. All volunteering gets aggregated across the entire company in one place.
The system knows which employee is entering the data and their office location. This feature allows Country Heads and Office Managers to ensure they are tracking towards quarterly or annual goals.
Tip: To get employees logging hours when your platform launches, try offering an incentive.
- One large bank using Leap enters everyone who logs volunteer hours in a given month into a draw. The prize changes from month to month (such as an iPad).
- A recruitment firm had similar success through providing a bottle of champagne to 5 people who logged hours in a given month.
- At other companies the Internal Communications team uses this feature to easily find inspiring stories of employees making a difference in the community.
As always, Leap is a completely free platform for charities, nonprofits and social enterprises to attract the support of employees at the world’s leading companies.
With the leading investment banks, insurance firms, law offices, media groups, retailers, hotel groups, recruitment firms, hospitals and technology companies using Leap the platform provides a very targeted marketing channel and management tool with the most valuable segment of supporters.
Here are examples of activities these employers are looking for:
As a Charity, Nonprofit or Social Enterprise you create an account just like any company does from the home page Leapcr.com (see the Quick Get Started Guide for that).
You’re the first person in your company or charity to get going on Leap. Here’s the quick get started guide.
1. Enter email
Enter email at leapcr.com to set up your private Leap hub. As the first user you will be set as an Admin (you can assign other admins too).
2. Set up your platform
Once you’re in, go to My Company. Then click Admin on the right hand side of the page.
Our approach to building world-class software is to involve you as clients in everything from brainstorming big ideas to deciding which features get prioritised.
Now more than ever, a great software platform is in a constant state of improvement.
Goals and requirements inside companies and industries change. Acquisitions are made. New CEOs get hired. Regulations change. Budgets shift. We all know how it goes. The world changes. Software must adapt.
As a Leap client, we want to be certain that cost-reductions and productivity improvements around employee engagement, communication and CSR reporting are actually happening for you.
We are in touch regularly to get your input on specific product decisions and update on the progress of the Product Roadmap.
You can share new ideas at anytime directly from the Support & Feedback area on our home page or inside the platform. You should contact one of our team directly to flag business changes on the horizon that may require new features to be discussed at greater length.
Working with you on this is one of the most fun parts what we do. It ensures your success and ours. Every piece of input gets considered. No idea is too big or too small.
If you’re the first in your office to launch Leap, it’s like showing up at a party before anyone else has arrived.
That doesn’t last long.
Go to the “My Company” section under admin settings. Set the look and feel of the platform to reflect your branding and how you want it to feel when your colleagues first arrive.
Add a few of upcoming activities already happening in the organisation and create your first couple of groups for those staff with shared interests (Volunteer Ambassadors, Green Champions, Sports teams, Cycle to Work group, etc)
Then invite your colleagues in. They’ll get the email invite immediately and be able to start joining and creating groups and activities.
Have fun watching your culture come to life.