Companies Need to Invest in the Future Workforce
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Renaissance Systems, Inc. is investing in the lives of the future workforce in what we consider to be the most pivotal point in their life’s journey. As the current work landscape evolves at a rapid pace, it is imperative that companies invest in the next generation. The investment into these future generations can have many positive outcomes for not only for the economy and the workforce overall, but also in the lives of our own employees. The question we would like to answer is: Why should companies care about these future generations?
Companies must be strategic in their investments and therefore typically place their resources in something with tangible benefits. For instance, there are thousands of ways for companies to get involved philanthropically in order to give back, which provides them positive publicity, tax write-offs and happy employees. We also see companies devote significant resources towards college recruitment due to the efficiency of ROI (every college student needs a job in the relatively near-term). While these investments are also imperative and commendable, we are overlooking a significant opportunity to invest in future employees at a younger age. We live in a day and age where we face severe workforce shortages in specialized industries, which negatively impacts everything from cybersecurity to electrical engineering. However, there are countless teenagers teeming with potential to fill these gaps but have no sense of direction or exposure to the amount of opportunities available to them.
RSI recognized this early on and worked to identify how to invest in these individuals. One way our company is achieving this through Greg Knight and Williamson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which works directly with student athletes and mentors them to achieve success in their lives. The core values of FCA are what drives the success of the program. These values of Integrity, Service, Teamwork, and Excellence help students build relationships with each other, their coaches and teachers, and their communities. FCA is building leaders in student athletes everywhere with the intention that these leaders of today will continue to lead as they enter the workforce. FCA has identified the top reasons that high school students are dropping out include failing classes, lack of motivation and direction, and lack of mentorship. Giving back and supporting youth during such an influential period in their lives can greatly enhance their ability to overcome these statistics and create success in their lives. When students are provided opportunities to get involved or be a part of something they believe in, we start to witness an incredible impact across the board.
I was a student that worked hard to be involved in high school: I was a band student, an FFA member, and competed in academic UIL activities. I was in advanced classes and ran clubs/organizations through leadership positions. As a student, knowing that a company out there was supporting a high school student's success that they didn’t personally know, made me feel of value. I found that someone believed in me and my abilities even when I didn’t believe in myself. We used the support of those companies to provide meals at contests, fund trips and service events, and even give something back to those companies themselves. As a leader, getting to work with the companies individually allowed me to build relationships and begin the networking process before going off to college. Now, as an adult who works for a company that invests in students, I get to see the passion that these students have and get to see how a simple meal can empower a student to conquer their future.
Renaissance Systems, Inc. has played a large role in my post-college experience and my transition to Austin, Texas through the volunteering opportunities that are available to me. Volunteering in the lives of students gives RSI as a company and our employees a chance to make a real difference in the future of those around us. Through RSI’s 16 hours of paid volunteer time each year, employees get to donate their passion and energy to improve the lives of students that are close to home. Many reasons can be found for companies to volunteer, but below are the top 3 reasons RSI invests in the future workforce:
1. Your Company can Make a Large Impact
When your company is investing in the future of local students, you are making a direct difference in the lives around you. Stronger communities result in more robust markets and a deeper pool of workforce talent. Furthermore, 79% of Americans prioritized companies that supported local causes when deciding who they want to see doing business in their communities.
2. A Small Amount can go a Long Way
We all know that companies are busy, and volunteering takes time out of the work day. This could mean less profits but in the reality of the workday, volunteering is a great way to take a break from the everyday hustle. A small amount of time can drastically change what the student gets out of the day.
3. Volunteering is Proven to be Beneficial for both Companies and Employees
Studies show that companies who are invested in their communities have a stronger reputation. This will benefit employee recruitment, loyalty, and retention. Employees who have great job satisfaction allow for a greater teamwork environment to be created.
Are you interested in investing the future workforce, but you don’t know where to start?
One great way to get involved is to work with your local FCA program. You can find contacts through the FCA website at https://www.fca.org/quick-links/find-local-staff.
Another way to get involved is through the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. You can find ways to get involved at https://www.bgca.org/get-involved/volunteer.