At Cadent, we believe giving back to our communities is essential, so in 2018 we launched our company-wide #ConnectForACause initiative, focusing on areas of importance to our employees, including homelessness and hunger, education and youth services, animal welfare, support for our military and veterans, and health services.
Cadent employees donated their time and resources to collect and pack school supplies and toiletries for those in need, knitted hats for children with cancer, organized holiday food drives, created care packages for military members, volunteered at the SPCA, and dozens of other service projects. They participated in company-sponsored marathons and bike rides, and they made donations to various organizations.
As a company, we know our engaged and enthusiastic employees give their all to our clients, and we’re proud to help them bring that same engagement and enthusiasm to their favorite causes.
By all measures, the year was a resounding success, and we’re looking forward to an equally successful 2019.
The Great Corporate Health Challenge, Sponsored by #ConnectForACause
This year, we invited interested employees to download an app to log nutritious meals and snacks they ate, the amount of water they drank, the time they spent practicing deep breathing and mindfulness, the number of steps they walked, and exercise – all important indicators of healthy living. The app was part of the Great Corporate Health Challenge, and teams vied to compile the best stats. Participants reported that among their greatest motivation for joining the Challenge was competition with colleagues.
Another major motivator? Among the three competing companies, the grand prize was a donation to a charity chosen by the company with the highest average point score, making the Great Corporate Health Challenge a perfect companion piece to our #ConnectForACause efforts. Cadent’s teams excelled, choosing to donate the grand prize to Feeding America, a nonprofit network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people.
Additionally, there was an internal competition between Cadent teams. The winning team donated to CASA, a local agency in SJ focused on foster children, and an individual winner donated to Atlanta Mission, an organization that fights homelessness and hunger.
In a follow-up survey, 80% of the participants reported that they were going to continue working on their health, 70% said the Challenge had led to better teamwork and improved relationships with coworkers, 60% had changed one or more bad habits, and over half had more energy.
We hope they’ll use some of that energy during 2019’s #ConnectForACause and that 100% are feeling good about the hard work they’re doing for their communities, their company, and themselves.
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