April 22nd, 2016
Going Green in the Workplace This Earth Day
On April 22, millions of people around the world come together in recognition of Earth Day. With consumers demanding eco-friendly products and services, employees becoming more environmentally conscious, and new government regulations designed to promote more responsible workplaces, it is more important than ever for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and the environment by embracing the mission of Earth Day.
Indeed, going green is no longer an option—it is a business imperative. To help your company maximize efficiency while minimizing its footprint, Ajilon Professional Staffing offers a few tips for you to make your office more environmentally–and budget–friendly on Earth Day and throughout the year:
Work electronically, first and foremost.
Send e-mail instead of traditional mail, electronic records instead of expansive retention boxes, and web-based manuals in place of cumbersome printed handbooks. These are all effective ways to enhance efficiency, reduce the amount of paper, ink, and toner your company uses, and decrease the total you spend on supplies.
Allow employees to work remotely.
When schedules allow, consider letting your employees work from home. This helps cut down on carbon emissions from your commuting workforce and, with more lights and computers turned off, decreases energy consumption in your office. Plus, studies have shown that working remotely can improve employee morale and productivity, which can ultimately boost your bottom line.
Organize a green committee.
Bring coworkers together as a group to generate creative ideas on how your organization can establish or enhance its environmentally friendly practices. Passionate employees have a lot to offer and can help bring concepts into practice. This is also a great way to promote camaraderie and teamwork in the office.
Ask employees to pitch in.
Encourage employees to bring ceramic coffee mugs to work rather than purchasing foam or paper cups. Set up recycling bins next to trash cans. Place carpool sign-up sheets in the break room. Empowering your employees is a great way to inspire them to make a difference.
Change the flow of water consumption.
Replace water coolers with water filtration devices on your faucets. Your employees still get access to safe, clean drinking water and you can keep the cost of expensive, recurring water delivery from spilling over into your profits.
Empower others with technology.
When it’s time to refresh your office equipment–computers, printers, fax machines, etc.–don’t throw out your old stuff. Instead, keep your equipment out of landfills by donating to local schools, charities, hospitals, small businesses, and other organizations that can put it to good use.
Create a breath of fresh air.
Plant trees on your company’s campus–as many as you can–to help create fresh air, and a fresh look, around the office. A positive change in office aesthetics can lead to a positive change in worker performance. Bonus: new greenery is typically more affordable than new desks or cubicles.
Purchase “green” promotional items.
Instead of common promotional giveaways, consider presenting customers with items that are better for the environment, such as reusable grocery bags with a company logo or USB drives rather than printed presentations. You raise your brand awareness while proving your dedication to a cleaner, brighter future.