Green living in the business world isn’t just a new trend on the scene, it’s something that is here to stay. It can have a positive impact on working environments for both employers and employees. Some of the benefits in higher crisis response scores, and higher focused activity scores. So, it really can pay off to be a greener company.
So, how do you become greener?
Offer A Greener Commute
If your offices are in the city then the daily commute can not only be stressful for your employees but the traffic can also be a nightmare. Consider offering a bike to work scheme. Not only does it help to reduce the number of cars on the road and the release of carbon emissions, but t also helps to keep your employees healthy. If your employees don’t live close enough consider promoting car-sharing or even proved a work bus to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Use Green Materials In The Office
No, this doesn’t mean hanging green fabric on the walls, we are referring to reusing or repurposing. Think about sourcing natural stones from Coldspring’s Natural Stone Quarry, using biodegradable cleaners and soap, using recycled paper, etc. You could also try buying in bulk, this helps to reduce the shipping and packaging waste.
Switch Off At The End Of The Day
You would be surprised to see how much of a difference it can make to simply switch everything off at the end of the day. It may seem like common sense, and it’s something that has been advised since the first day of computers, but still, people don’t realize that having their equipment on standby still uses power. This makes it important to turn off and unplug your equipment at the end of the day in the office.
Save On Paper
The majority of businesses are now able to conduct business completely paperless. Transactions take place online, and tax forms can even be completed through an online portal. There may be some aspects that require you to still use paper, but there are ways that you can cut down on its usage. Make sure you use the whole page and both sides and use recycled paper when you can. Make your margins smaller, to enable you to fit more words to a page.
Be More Sustainable
This is all about minimizing and reducing the amount of waste you produce and finding ways to reuse, repurpose, or recycle. Try to be more sustainable by complete maintenance to prolong life span too. Set up recycling stations around the office and encourage your employees to recycle a part of their working day. Using energy-saving light bulbs can help reduce your energy bills. If you own your own unit, you could always look at adding solar panels as an alternative source of energy.
There have now been numerous studies carried out the confirm that a greener workplace is good for employees just as much as it is the environment. Why not have a look at some of the ways you can introduce this to your business.