Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. think tanks are not the only ones mulling over the future of our workforce. By 2020, the U.S. will have 85 million medium- and high-skilled job vacancies with not enough people qualified to fill them, according to McKinsey. And while solutions to this skills problem are coming from the startup world and the policy sphere, the country’s largest corporations also are playing a significant role in developing solutions.Read More »
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Meet Rita Figueroa. Rita is a retired professional boxer from Chicago, and is currently a service manager in AT&T customer relations. But what makes Rita so extraordinary is the more than 500 hours she spent last year volunteering her time to coach at-risk youth.Read More »
Presence. Sometimes, it is all we need. An ear to listen and a voice to reassure us and offer a few words of advice. For students struggling in school, the absence of an involved adult often exacerbates the problem. That’s why mentoring programs can be so powerful.Read More »
For the third time in 5 years, AT&T has been ranked the top community-minded communications company by The Civic 50. The company has been on the list each year since Civic 50’s inception in 2012. This recognition is a testament to the culture of service at AT&T and the commitment from employees to give their time, talent and money in support of the greater good.Read More »
I’ve spent some of the best days of my life out on a hiking trail, clearing brush, field checking maps and leading crews that rehabilitate trails and build new ones. You might see me carrying a clipboard and counting deer droppings, cutting brush with loppers or clearing blown down trees with a chain saw. Or perhaps you might find me building a bridge, swinging a sledge hammer or moving big rocks to build stepping stones or stairs. It’s not a high-paying job; it’s not even a paying job, actually. Money isn’t the point. I volunteer because it’s infinitely rewarding. I get to work with a great group of likeminded folks to ensure future generations can enjoy the hiking trails I have loved for so long.Read More »
According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000. In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged. Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility and sustainability programming as evidenced by the data reported at Project ROI. They have reported seeing an increase in employee engagement by up to 7.5% because of corporate responsibility programming.Read More »
I always appreciated those who gave their time to serve their communities but I didn’t realize how much their impact mattered until I found my reason to serve.Read More »
We kicked off the It Can Wait 16 in ‘16 Pledge Contest in October, asking AT&T employees to create a team, then generate as many pledges as possible for that team, via text. Regina Ennis, an AT&T employee in White Plains, New York was awarded the Champion of DOT (Do One Thing) for capturing the most pledges for her team, team CARE. Regina shares what winning the 16 in '16 contest and being a Champion of DOT means to her.Read More »
What, exactly, do millennials want out of a future employer? Which social issues mean the most to them? And how do they want to spend their volunteer time?
AT&T recently wrapped up a first-of-its-kind Masters of Business Administration (MBA) challenge with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business that tackled these kinds of questions – and then some.Read More »
On Sept. 24, more than 600 AT&T employees and family members came together in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to pack 178,848 meals to feed the hungry. The event, in partnership with Stop Hunger Now, was a single day record for the Dallas area chapter and helped support the organization’s goal of ending world hunger.Read More »