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Millennials Want More… Corporate Social Responsibility!

By CEO for One Month, Alana Couvrette

Millennials sometimes seem to get a bad rep as a narcissistic, entitled and self-centered generation. But is this fair to say? I don’ t think so…

For example, millennials expect more from their employers than a paycheck. They have a genuine desire to give back to communities, near and far. For them, purposeful work and the ability to create a positive impact take precedence on profit and salary. In fact, in a recent survey, it was revealed that 45% of student about to enter the workforce would even take a pay cut “for a job that makes a social or environmental impact.” They seek to work for organizations who enshrine good values and ethics into their business model.

Organizations, like Adecco, have taken note of this trend. They know that having an organization-wide aspiration to making a positive difference is part of their value-proposition for attracting and retaining the millennial talent pool.
However, trumpeting your values and ethics isn’t enough. You can’t just talk the talk… The young talent pool is eager to roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty and participate in the efforts to improve communities near and dear to them. Organizations need to be able to offer opportunities for employees to truly engage in the change that they wish to make. Millennials seek diverse volunteerism opportunities.

At Adecco, our core values-passion, entrepreneurship, team spirit, responsibility and customer focus- permeate the whole business. As Adecco Canada’s CEO for One Month, I noticed this right away and can testify to their relevancy in our work. These values are also conveyed through our global employee engagement program, Win4Youth. This program encourages participants to clock up kilometers (through cycling, swimming or running) which are turned into donations to help disadvantaged youngsters find employment.

On June 22nd, 2017, Adecco Canada hosted their annual Solidarity Day, a day dedicated to Win4Youth. We spent the afternoon as a team running around Toronto completing a scavenger hunt filled with wacky photo ops and funny tasks. Maybe it’s just me but I didn’t even notice that we each accumulated around 9 kilometers. Multiply that by the total number of employees in the office and you’ve got a healthy donation! Curious to know how the day went? Watch this short video I made!

Still think millennials are self-centered? Deloitte’s Millennial Survey found that 7,800 young leaders from 29 different countries believe that the business world is getting it wrong. Close to 75% say that they feel businesses are “focused on their own agendas rather than improving society.”

Who’s looking self-centered now?

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/06/07/the-future-of-work-corporate-social-responsiblity-attracts-top-talent/#39aca2c33f95

[1] https://www.fastcompany.com/3046989/what-millennial-employees-really-want

Triathlons Made Me a Better Employee

My legs are on fire; they feel so heavy. My mouth is chalk-dry, I’m extremely thirsty. People around me are cheering but the noise is so intense that I can’t distinguish the voices. A bell rings continuously, as if someone is trying to gain my attention. My body leans dangerously forward. I raise my head to catch my balance. The side of my face is so hot; the sweat is burning my skin! To my right, I see children cheering and wanting a high-five. Far ahead, I see a woman holding up a sign, “How did you get those great legs?” Next to her is a man with a sign that reads, “You can do this!” I sport a huge smile, despite the pain. After 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21 km of running, I cross the finish line of my first half IRONMAN (70.3) triathlon race.

Why? Why not!

I began training for triathlons a few years ago and I quickly found that it’s not just a sport, but a way of life. As a triathlete, I’ve become more aware of who I am and I’ve developed skills and personality traits that have transcended into my career and personal life.

Humility

I began training for triathlons as a novice athlete. I felt exasperated during my first few outings especially during the first swim challenge. As I got over this hurdle, the experience taught me a lot. I learned to be humble, to challenge myself and to work better within a team.

These skills have helped in my work environment too! I’ve became more empathetic towards new employees, I’ve learned to overcome work obstacles and to work effectively with my team.

Goal Oriented

Triathlons teach us to set goals, to go faster, and to go further. There are individuals that have lost their passion, given up, or have stopped setting life goals. They may continue to dream, but they’ve quit working towards their goals or specific timelines. They tell themselves “when I have the time, I’d like to…”, but they never seem to make the time.

The triathlon motivates individuals into setting goals and becoming achievers.  To finish what they start, and persevere until they reach their goal.  Triathletes don’t put off till tomorrow, what they can do today.

Self-honesty and Self Motivation

Triathletes learn quickly to know themselves and face the truth.  For instance, you’ve finished a race and the time on your watch is below your expectations, you realize you have to motivate yourself to try harder the next time. You can’t be someone that ends your spinning training 5-10 minutes early by convincing yourself you will do it next session. It’s about being honest with yourself.  It’s about seizing the moment.  It’s about learning to be self-motivated and not only setting your goals, but seeing them through.

The skills gained will allow you to be forthright and motivated to get the job done.

Energy and Productivity

Employees who are involved in sports have more energy and are less likely to become ill. According to a study by Goodwill, “a sedentary individual who starts practicing a sport at work will increase his or her productivity by 6% – 9%.[1]. Employers see “a 1% – 14% increase in net productivity.”[2] Thus, it pays to be athletic! Need I say more?

IRONMAN quote:

“There are two types of people, those who say I CAN’T and those who say I CAN!”

Which one are you?

Why Participate in Win4Youth

The Adecco’s Win4Youth program allows employees and clients to log their km when they take part in sports events during their free time. The km are then turned into donations supporting disadvantaged youngsters, children and their families around the globe. In eight years, this initiative has raised €2 million for various charity organizations.

Win4Youth provides employees with the opportunity to get healthy and share quality time with their peers and family members. By encouraging one another to exercise, we work together towards a common goal. It is not just about the organizations profitability but about helping the less fortunate and creating a wonderful team experience.

So, are you convinced? I hope so! See you next time at the track, in the pool or on the bike path!

Happy training,

Pierre-Luc

Pierre-Luc Pérusse is the Branch Manager for Adecco’s Quebec City branch. He helps organizations attract the best talent and leads a team of innovative recruiters. With over 5 years of experience in the staffing industry, Pierre-Luc believes a recruiter’s greatest asset is his personality and his ability to build relationships. Heading into his thirties, he likes to juggle challenges: young family, career, IRONMAN – he is always ready for the next one. A graduate of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières’s Human Resources program, Pierre-Luc enjoys sharing his passion for the field on social media.

 

[1] http://www.travail-prevention-sante.fr/mediatheque/8/2/1/000001128.pdf

[2] http://www.travail-prevention-sante.fr/mediatheque/8/2/1/000001128.pdf

 

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Win4Youth 2017 | The Year of Opportunities & Challenges

As the weather gets warmer outside, Win4Youth nestles deeper into the hearts of all colleagues at Adecco. For the eighth year in a row, colleagues all over the globe will be taking part in sporting events and individual athletic pursuits — united behind a great cause of giving disadvantaged youth around the world a brighter future.

And to celebrate Canada150, we’re encouraging each and every colleague to complete 150km this year. It’s ambitious, but with the dedication of Adecco’s colleagues, clients and associates — we know we can reach it!

To champion the cause, each country elects a deserving ambassador to organize athletic events, encourage teammates and eventually participate in in the Gavà Triathlon in Spain this September. We are thrilled to announce Canada’s 2017 Win4Youth Athletic Ambassador: Genevieve Ferlatte, Branch Manager – Montreal!

Genevieve will spend months training for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and will document her progress and journey here on Lēad Blog. We are confident that she will apply the same tenacity, dedication and winning attitude to her Win4Youth ambassadorship as she does to her branch.

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Win4Youth 2016 | 2 Weeks Before Ocean Lava

Tracy Rocca—Adecco’s VP of Partnerships— learned in April that she was selected to represent Canada as our Win4Youth ambassador for 2016. Before starting her journey, she had never completed a triathlon and could barely swim. But it was Tracy’s passion, tenacity and commitment to the cause that made her the frontrunner for this year’s ambassadorship.

In just 2 weeks, Tracy and 72 other Adecco ambassadors from across the world will be participating in the Ocean Lava Lanzarote Triathlon in Spain. The event will mark the finale to the 2016 Win4Youth Initiative: a 10-month long journey in which Adecco employees, Associates and clients across the world run, swim and cycle to accumulate mileage towards a collective kilometer goal. Once the goal is met, Adecco makes a substantial donation to various global foundations that support disadvantaged children and their families. This year, we’re jogging, swimming and biking towards an ambitious 3,500,000km goal!

Below are Tracy’s reflections as she gears up for Spain.


It’s hard to believe that in 2 short weeks I will be competing in the big event for which I have been training for over 4 months: the Ocean Lava Triathlon in Lanzarote, Spain.

The last 4 months have been an absolute whirlwind of activity. In addition to my kids, concentrated training schedules and daily life, this is also the busiest time of year in Partnerships, as—for the most part—our clients ramp in Q3 and Q4.  Finding the time to fit in intensified training has been challenging as I need to make sure I am available to our onsite clients, support my staff and continue my Win4Youth responsibilities.  I’m not sure how, but so far—I’m right on track.

It’s the support I receive from my friends, colleagues and family that keeps me committed to the program. One of my favorite moments throughout this journey was when I first rode my bike on the road and I could hear loud music blasting behind me. As I was trying to stay on my bike, I thought “turn your music down!” Then I heard a familiar voice:  “GO MOM GO!” It was my son following me in the car playing the Rocky theme song…Gonna fly now!

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After the Belgium training camp and my last post, the other Global ambassadors and I were given a 6 week training schedule (to start).  As intensive as it seemed, I was still unsure about how I was going to be truly ready for this huge event in 4 months. Well, I approached it like any large project: breaking it up into baby steps. I started with cycling for an hour, running for 30 minutes, learning to swim—and gradually increased each activity and intensity level.

As my endurance and time has increased over the last 4 months, so has my confidence…for the most part.  But I have also had a few dips in the road.  There have been some practice triathlons (which I call baby tri’s) that I have entered.  The first one was in August. I was so confident going in but after about 5 seconds in the open water, I had a panic attack.  However, I was able to lean on my mental training, calmed down and swam the whole thing! I was one of the slowest people that day—based on my doggy paddle and back crawl—but I proudly made it out!  The bike and the run were pretty awesome but that swim was tracy_hockeymy wakeup call. I went the very next day to the Caledon Triathlon Club and chatted—well, pleaded—with their head coach to give me some lessons.  It’s funny how the same message stated in a different way can change everything.  I now can swim in my new 2,000m “pool” (the quarry in Caledon) at a very leisurely and relaxed pace.

Not only can I swim 2,000m (in just over an hour), but I can also ride my bike on the hills in Caledon for 3 hours or more (and amass 70km in W4Y mileage) and run 10km in just over an hour.  That is where training has gotten me today. Every week I take part in about 10–12 hours of training and have added hockey recently as well!

I leave in a week for the journey of a lifetime. Our North American team is 11 people strong and I have become so close to all of them. I am filled with pride at my accomplishments and am overwhelmed by the gratitude that I feel for Adecco in supporting me through all of this.  I get goosebumps every time I realized that every single kilometer that my colleagues, clients, Associates and I take gives dollars to our supported charities that provide better lives and opportunities for youth around the world. And that’s what this is all about.

I can’t wait to see all the other ambassadors in Spain and run this amazing race with them…Let’s go Win 4 Youth!

About Adecco’s Win4Youth Initiative:

Win_4_Youth_RGB LogoNow in its seventh year, Win4Youth supports foundations giving children and families in need a better start in life. Since its inception, Win4Youth has raised over $2 million USD for youth charities through sports events organized in more than 60 countries, involving thousands of Adecco employees, Associates and clients around the world. In 2016, we will be swimming, cycling and running to reach the goal of 3,500,000 kilometers. The combined kilometer count will be converted into a donation to 9 foundations, supporting abandoned, orphaned or sick children, helping families from disadvantaged communities and assisting civilian victims of natural disasters, wars and economic collapse. Adecco employees will also be volunteering at the foundations, helping them in daily operations and learning first-hand how Win4Youth supports their work.

More about Adecco’s global Win4Youth initiative and how you can get involved can be found at: www.win4youth.com | https://www.facebook.com/win4youth/

Win4Youth 2016 | Solidarity Day: 1 day, a Lifetime of Change

By now, our loyal readers know all about Adecco’s Global Win4Youth Initiative— currently in its 7th year. Adecco employees, Associates and clients run, swim and cycle throughout the year to contribute to each country’s mileage goal. If they meet it, Adecco Group gives a sizeable donation to various foundations supporting disadvantaged communities and youth development around the world.

In Canada, our 2016 goal is to reach a whopping 60,000kms and this past Tuesday— July 19th—every single one of Adecco’s 40+ branches and offices across the country helped us get there by taking part in our annual Solidarity Day.

The day started off with speeches and words of encouragement from our President and Country Manager—Sandra Hokansson, and our 2016 Canadian Win4Youth Ambassador—Tracy Rocca. The speeches were delivered out of our Toronto HQ but were broadcast live through Periscope for all to hear. These inspirational words were followed by a heartfelt rendition of the official Win4Youth song. Being the land of Celine Dion and Neil Young, we had to show off our singing (and swaying) chops: “One soul, one vibe, one team, one goal!”

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After lunch, our 400+ Adecco Colleagues from coast to coast departed from their respective offices to take either a 1.5km, 5km or 10km scenic route through their city streets, towns or neighborhoods. Colleagues walked, jogged, sprinted, rode, ran, biked or “strolled” in unison with their fellow co-workers from across the country—all to benefit this year’s chosen youth foundations.

The W4Y branded t-shirts, water bottles, canteens and temporary tattoos we donned also helped bring awareness to the initiative as the teams snaked around the chosen routes. Pictures from across the country piled in on social media through the #W4Y hashtag of Adecco Colleagues painting their towns red for the cause.

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From 1.5km power walks to 10k races among friends, each employee brought Canada closer to reaching its 2016 National Goal. Solidarity Day had a tremendous impact on our rankings. The day alone added 2,165kms to Canada’s tally and 30 new Colleagues signed up to track their mileage!

Our 2016 goal is to reach 60,000kms by the end of the year. We’re right on track by being half way there at 37,438kms and counting!

 

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Thank you to everyone for making Solidarity Day such a success.

For more on Adecco’s Win4Youth Initiative, visit: http://www.win4youth.com

Win4Youth 2016 | Part 1: Ghent, Belgium Training Camp – “We rode bikes without any brakes!”

Tracy Rocca—Adecco’s VP of Partnerships— learned in April that she was selected to represent Canada as our Win4Youth ambassador for 2016. Before starting her journey, she had never completed a triathlon and could barely swim. But it was Tracy’s passion, tenacity and commitment to the cause that made her the frontrunner for this year’s ambassadorship.

Tracy and 72 other Adecco ambassadors from across the world will be participating in the Ocean Lava Lanzarote Triathlon in Spain this October. The event will mark the finale to the 2016 Win4Youth Initiative: a 10-month long journey in which Adecco employees, associates and clients across the world run, swim and cycle to accumulate mileage towards a collective kilometer goal. Once the goal is met, Adecco makes a substantial donation to various global foundations that support disadvantaged children and their families. This year, we’re jogging, swimming and biking towards an ambitious 3,500,000km goal!

Our ambassadors spend months working with trainers, improving their strength and endurance, running in marathons, and organizing Win4Youth fitness and fundraising events. The training sessions intensify with a spring boot camp where ambassadors are put through a series of challenges and track their growth. This year, the kickoff training camp took place in beautiful Ghent, Belgium where Tracy made her country proud by successfully crossing the finish line and treading in open water just weeks after learning how to swim! Tracy jotted down her wide range of emotions throughout the boot camp in a journal.  Excerpts are below:


Training Camp Reflections:

My role as a Win4Youth ambassador is only just beginning yet I already feel like it has been quite a journey! When friends, family and colleagues learned that I was selected as the ambassador and what it would entail, I was met with some puzzled faces and a whole bunch of questions: “Why are you doing this?”, “Do you own kettle bells?”, and “Have you completed a triathlon before?!” Their alarm was somewhat warranted:  I barely knew how to swim and you’d never find a marathon number stapled to my back (although I have completed the 60km walk for women’s cancers 7 times)!

Growing up I was very active and into sports, and still play competitive hockey and soccer to this day; I just rarely participated in solo sports.  Well, the triathlon I signed up for is sure to change that now that I will be competing in three individual sports merged into one!

But before I’m able to get to Lanzarote in October, I had to get through this kick off training camp— which was an amazing experience and very humbling! It took place in the picturesque and historic city of Ghent, Belgium.  Arriving in Ghent, I was surprised to see how many people used bikes as their primary mode of transportation and how natural it seemed to them— they were speeding by and maneuvering Europe’s winding cobble-stoned paths with ease.

The rest of the day was dedicated to getting to know my 72 colleagues from 37 countries— each being a Win4Youth ambassador from their respective country. Before long we formed an incredibly unique and supportive bond amongst each other, driven by our shared goals of getting through the training and making a real impact through Win4Youth.  Within the group, only a small number had completed triathlons before, while the rest were novices like me. I was relieved!

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Training began at 7am and lasted until 8pm every day. We had 4 very long days of non-stop physical activities, sandwiched in between fitness seminars and various health and stamina tests:

  1. On the first full day, we made our way to the velodrome where we rode bikes without any brakes! Most of us were more than a little frightened when we saw them, but we were expecting to be taken out of our comfort zones that week. No injuries for me to report!Velodrome
  2. The second day began with a “dip” in the crisp pool at 7am followed by a visit to the Energy Lab for our individual meetings with the doctor, physical testing and a trip through body scan machine. The amount of detail those machines can show you are both impressive and alarming, and truthfully— the body scan machine and I are not the best of friends! The day wrapped up with a few sessions on mechanics such as clipping our shoes into the pedals of our bikes, along with a 20km bike ride.
  3. The third day consisted mainly of classroom learning and lessons about transition zones, nutrition and much more. Like every other day, there was a form of physical activity included. Well, that day it was…a mock triathlon! We went to a gorgeous lake and were fitted with wetsuits. In I went. Not only was the water a chilly 10 degrees, but the open water came as a real shock to me! Did I mention that I had just learned to swim a few week earlier?We all made it back to shore and hopped through the transition areas from the water to the road.  Once there, we moved straight into our 20km bike ride, followed by the transition to our 3km run!  It was VERY challenging, but I couldn’t slow down and give into self-pity. Besides, I reminded myself that this was only a fraction of what we will have to complete in Lanzarote in October which will consist of a 1,500m swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run!
  1. The final day began in the pool once again, but this time, we videotaped our swim technique to review later and went on a 10km city run with 3000 other people from Ghent. This was my first ever 10km race. I wasn’t fast but I did make it across that finish line!

That night ended with a special dinner, celebrating our new friendships and our successful training over the last 4 days.  The support for each other on social media and through emails has been incredible.

My ambassadorship is just starting out but has already benefited me in so many ways. It has given me pride in myself and my company, a sense of accomplishment and a new set of skills. Our training plans are loaded and I am ready to go.  I look forward to joining my fellow Adecco colleagues, clients and associates in running, walking, biking and swimming over the next few months as every kilometer really does count!


The above is only the first step of Tracy’s ambitious journey.  She will continue to track all the highs and lows leading up to Lanzarote this October. Check back in on this blog over the summer for Tracy’s complete Win4Youth ambassador experience.

All the exciting highlights from the training camp can be seen in the video below:

About Adecco’s Win4Youth Initiative:

Win_4_Youth_RGB LogoNow in its seventh year, Win4Youth supports foundations giving children and families in need a better start in life. Since its inception, Win4Youth has raised over $2 million USD for youth charities through sports events organized in more than 60 countries, involving thousands of Adecco employees, associates and clients around the world. In 2016, we will be swimming, cycling and running to reach the goal of 3,500,000 kilometers. The combined kilometer count will be converted into a donation to 9 foundations, supporting abandoned, orphaned or sick children, helping families from disadvantaged communities and assisting civilian victims of natural disasters, wars and economic collapse. Adecco employees will also be volunteering at the foundations, helping them in daily operations and learning first-hand how Win4Youth supports their work.

More about Adecco’s global Win4Youth initiative and how you can get involved can be found at: www.win4youth.com | https://www.facebook.com/win4youth/