With climate change affecting every industry, sustainability in the workplace is becoming one of the important tenets companies and businesses of all sizes are trying to achieve. Studies have shown that having a sustainable workplace can reduce a business’s carbon footprint, safeguard its assets, make its employees happy and secure their long-term success.
But, how can one create a sustainable workplace? Below are some of the best ways on how you can introduce it in your workplace:
Check what your in-house restaurant and cafe offer and see if they can provide healthy menu options instead of processed and unhealthy food and drinks.
You should also advise everyone to use reusable dishware instead of plastic or styrofoam containers.
Another great sustainability goal your company can try is engaging in webinars or virtual conferences. This will help everyone save time and resources, especially office electricity use, gasoline for commuting to and from work and others.
Having virtual meetings also opens the door for more attendees to come to the event, especially those who cannot go to the location due to its location.
Offices tend to use a lot of electricity, especially for computers, lights and ventilation. Make it a point to use natural light or LED lights if possible.
You should also encourage everyone to dress up according to the season and not regularly change the thermostat. If people are not using their computers for a while, ask them to hibernate their computers rather than set off their screensavers. If the gadgets are not used, ask employees to unplug them to save energy.
You can also invest in new technologies like motion-sensing lights, new air conditioning units with an automatic timer and a centralized control panel for all the other electronics in the office.
Since most of the work in the office can now be done online and cloud computing apps are now made available for businesses to use, why not advocate for paperless reporting and documentation?
Although it cannot fully replace paper reports entirely in certain situations, utilising paperless apps can help reduce your team’s business consumption and even see some improvements in your team’s productivity. Especially when they only need to send a link to their work without stopping to print their work.
If you need to print, use recycled paper from old reports and documents. You can also ask your team to use both sides to print their reports if required.
Offering Public Transportation Perks
You can encourage sustainability by encouraging everyone to use public transportation to reduce their carbon footprint by driving to and from work. If they are reluctant to do so, offer perks which will inspire them to use public transport.
You can also start a carpool schedule between your colleagues or transform your carparks into open areas to give your team a place to relax.
Sustainability Can Work!
Businesses can make a massive impact in our lifelong fight against climate change, and even the smallest steps can make a difference if everyone works together. Try out these tips we listed above, and once you get started, you will notice a significant difference in everyone’s morale and your company’s overall wellness.
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