Partners for Life

Team building is an essential element in developing a collaborative and productive workforce that is more than just the sum of its parts. The Partners for Life (PFL) program providess groups with a planned, sustainable and adaptable opportunity for employees of our partnering organizations to act together and help their community.

To date, nearly 4,000 organizations across the country have rallied together to save lives and are recognizing the value it brings.

Take Procter & Gamble’s operation in Brockville for instance. The PFL program’s adaptability has been a nice fit for their manufacturing plant. It wasn’t practical for staff to be away during plant hours so the company promoted it as an after-hours activity that reflected well on employees and on their company’s place in the community.

Procter & Gamble’s corporate values are expressed in their motto: “Touching Lives, Improving Life.” Being active PFL participants allows the plant to really live their motto while at the same time build bonds between employees through the positive experience of helping to save someone’s life.

The 650 members of the Brockville team are encouraged to donate at local community clinics.  In 2011 they pledged 100 units and have already achieved 91 per cent of that pledge.

Wood’s Homes of Calgary illustrates how a smaller not-for-profit organization can also use PFL to make a difference in their community.  They joined PFL in the summer of 2011 with a goal to contribute at least 20 blood donations in their first year. By the end of October, they had already exceeded that goal with an impressive 54 donations.

With the help of a dedicated PFL champion, Wood’s Homes has had a 100 per cent attendance record—always filling all of the appointments they reserved for their employees. PFL champion, Melissa Poulter says, “Taking a leadership role in the program has been both a professionally and personally rewarding experience.”

On the west coast, Thrifty Foods, a veteran of the program, has long understood the value of group donation, and continues to use and adapt it to keep employees engaged.  One of the ways they have pushed the program and the collaborative environment it promotes is the annual Thrifty Foods Blood Bowl.  The event engages all of the stores in a friendly battle to achieve the highest percentage of participants.

Remarkably the first winner of the Thrifty Foods Bowl came from the smallest store on Salt Spring Island, B.C.  They are an example of employee engagement at its best.  The clinic’s location meant staff had to jump on the ferry to attend. As can happen, this barrier actually became a silver lining as the ride gave staff the chance to discuss, reflect upon and appreciate the lifesaving benefits they had achieved together, including the Blood Bowl competition honours.

Providing your team with an activity to engage and develop their collaborative instincts is as simple as joining the Partners for Life program. It’s free, sustainable, easy and provides the opportunity to give back to your community.