Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sustainability...



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In our day to day business at NextGen we navigate in a technology driven environment.  I have been thinking about how that interfaces with the people we work with each day, our clients, our consultants and staff-- and how it all translates to building a sustainable future for our company.    At NextGen, we strive to make our enterprise a platform which supports growth and sustainability through fiscal and social responsibility, ethical business practices, diversity and green initiatives.  We have written policies and practices in all of the following Citizenship and Sustainability areas: Labor Practices including Freedom of Association, Human Rights and Environmental Health and Safety.  We are particularly dedicated to the next generation of innovative ideas in support of education, diversity, technology accessibility, civic and social responsibility and community activism.
 
Some of our goals at NextGen are to help create and support our employees with a healthy work/life balance, to adapt to the changing needs of our clients and to use our many business opportunities to effect positive change in the community. 

As a staffing and recruiting firm we have the opportunity to support other businesses, helping them improve productivity, reduce employee turnover, promote speed and efficiency and mitigate expense; which in turn helps create a healthy business community.  As a corporation we have the privilege of supporting our community and in “giving back and paying it forward,” we can help make a positive impact on the lives of others.  In this pursuit we developed our Diversity Works program and our We Care Initiative which has helped expand our business and has energized our staff.  Diversity Works was developed to create a workplace that supports our dynamic differences and the many positive and powerful dimensions that diversity affords. The We Care Initiative was designed to support charity, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, scholarship and civic progress.  Both programs have been a positive and creative addition to our daily work life at NextGen.
To this end, we have also recently developed a few new programs that we will be rolling out this year including the RAV Program (Recruit A Veteran), the NextGen-NextStep program and the Verde Project. 

The RAV Initiative… is designed to support our veterans and their families by providing them with great career opportunities. This outreach program includes education and mentoring regarding resume writing, interview tips and career coaching in a concerted effort to hire our heroes.   The program also provides resources for military families who need help re-deploying into a civilian workforce.

NextGen-NextStep program…The NextStep program is an aggressive effort to recruit college students.  This program is designed to reach out and recruit from the college community as well as to millennials entering the workforce.  Part of the program includes offering resume and interview tips and career coaching. We are proactively engaged to expand our global talent pool of the next generation of IT professionals. The Next-Step program is also an outreach program to help develop access and opportunity to technology for our youth and especially to young women in support of STEM.  

NextGen Verde Project…The Verde Project at NextGen is our way of striving to go green at the office.  We work to recycle, refurbish and reuse.  Being in the technology business we recycle our computers and donate them to charity and we are looking at new ways each day to go green in the office.

As technology drives our business world and continues to be infused in our everyday life, we at NextGen are working to help in our own small way to help create a sustainable future for the next generation.