In March 2012, Mayor Karl Dean unveiled an inaugural workplace challenge whereby he challenged organizations to make an impact on their community in one of three ways. This challenge will continue in 2013. Organizations have the opportunity to submit a scorecard indicating their level of involvement in promoting volunteer service both inside and outside the workplace, moving Nashville toward a greener future and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.
The first challenge titled "Involvement," encourages organizations to become active in promoting volunteer service and focusing on the community. The scorecard for this challenge contains 14 questions that focus on the ways that organizations can help employees increase their volunteer work and involvement in the community.
The second challenge titled "Green," encourages organizations to focus on reducing their operational impact on the environment. There are four challenge goals within this challenge including reducing energy usage, water usage, and waste and promoting tenant engagement. The scorecard for this challenge contains 77 questions, with 69 of the questions geared toward a greener workplace.
The third and final challenge titled "Healthy," encourages organizations to promote healthy habits and an active lifestyle. This challenge focuses on five goals including physical activity, healthy foods and beverages, active transportation, lactation support, and tobacco-free workplace. The scorecard for this challenge contains 39 questions that focus on creating a healthier workplace.
Through his Mayor’s Workplace Challenge, Mayor Dean hopes to set the bar high in encouraging organizations to raise the livability of Nashville. Organizations interested in learning more about these challenges can find additional information on the Mayor’s Workplace Challenge website at www.mayorsworkplacechallenge.com.