Showing posts from January, 2015

The business case for employee volunteer & skills giving programs

I came across this great article by Sarah Ford which talks about how having an employee volunteer program could actually help an organisation save money.

A PwC study revealed, “Employees most committed to their organisations put in 57 percent more effort on the job—and are 87 percent less likely to resign—than employees who consider themselves disengaged.”

So where do employee volunteer and skills giving programs factor in? It’s an excellent, relatively low-cost way to engage and retain employees.

For the full article clickhere

In order to sign up to the Pro Bono O.R. (skilled volunteering) initiative please get in touch or visit Pro Bono O.R.

Pro Bono O.R. is here to help you!

Do any of these statements sound familiar:

We have lots of different options for the future but it’s impossible to decide which to choose in such uncertain times.
We’re under huge pressure to do more with less, and we don’t know how we’re going to do it.
It’s hard to stay objective when we’re faced with such emotionally charged decisions.
We know we’re doing a good job – but how can we prove it?

If your answer was yes and you are a UK based, third sector organisation then get in touch to find out Pro Bono O.R. (a free consultancy service) could address these issues.

The OR Society launched its Pro Bono O.R. initiative for UK based third sector organisations in September 2013. The society wants more organisations to benefit from operational research and recognises that third sector organisations have an even greater need to reduce costs and increase efficiency and effectiveness.
No matter what size or at what stage your organisation is, no matter what kind of decision, problem, or opport…

Make your new year's resolutions count in 2015

As we start 2015 most of our new years resolutions will go something like this: 'I must try and eat less', 'I must exercise more', 'I must drink less', etc.

Let me set you a challenge and give you two alternative new years resolutions for 2015 that could make a real difference for both yourself and others around you.

1) Volunteer

Use your skills to help third sector organisations.  There are many ways which you can do this; if you have Operational Research/analytical skills then why not get involved with Pro Bono O.R.?  Pro Bono O.R. worked with over twenty UK based third sector organisations in 2014.  The volunteers were able to provide a wide range of support from problem structuring, facilitation, data analysis, strategic review, impact measurement and much more.  The volunteers all reported a positive experience, here's what a few of them had to say: 

"Working as a pro bono volunteer is a great way to contribute some professional expertise to some trul…

Helping food banks prepare for increased demand

Happy new year and thank you to all those who read my blog in 2014.  I hope you will enjoy reading new posts in 2015.  Please do get in touch and let me know if there is anthing in particular you would like to hear about.

As we look back on 2014, the number of people using food banks dramatically increased. See how Pro Bono O.R. helped one food bank prepare for this increased demand

A couple of O.R. volunteers are currently talking to several other food banks to see if Pro Bono O.R. can help.  Watch this space for more information....