Employing ecologically friendly practices in the workplace can offer a number of benefits. First and foremost, protecting the environment makes the world a better place to live both now and for future generations. Secondly, an eco-friendly workplace is often more cost-efficient than one that is wasteful. Finally, many employees find it inspiring to work for a firm that takes “going green” seriously--this can lead to a lower employee turnover and higher employee satisfaction.
It is easier than you may think to create an eco-friendly workplace. These three basic ideas will help you get started.
Implement a Workplace Recycling Program
Years ago, it was difficult to begin recycling, especially for a large firm. However, it is now easier than ever before.
Contact your waste disposal company to find out if they have a recycling program in place. Many firms no longer require that you sort different types of recyclable materials, only keep them in a separate disposal unit. This means that it will not cost you additional manpower or work time to separate these materials for recycling.
Encouraging your employees to recycle certain materials is a simple way to make a positive impact on the world around you by keeping a number of items out of the landfill.
Reduce Unneeded Energy Usage
Look around your workplace and see how much energy your company wastes on a daily basis.
- Is the temperature too cool or too warm?
- Do you leave printers and computer monitors on for 24 hours each day?
- Is the dishwasher in the break room operated when it is only half full?
Individually, these may not be a big deal, but put them together, and your company likely wastes a huge amount of energy each month. Reducing this energy waste can save on your utility bills too, something important to nearly every business.
Choose Eco-Friendly Equipment and Products
Next time you shop for anything for the office, look for ecologically-friendly options that are available. From organic soaps that do not pollute our water supply to computer equipment that uses less power, there are plenty of options that can make an impact on your company’s ecological bottom line.
These products may not be any more expensive than the traditional items. Especially when you look at the ways they may save you in the long run.
Working in an eco-friendly workplace makes employees feel better about the company they work for and may encourage smart choices outside the workplace too.
Remember these three important ways that you can create the perfect eco-friendly workplace:
- Implement workplace recycling to reduce company waste.
- Find ways to reduce energy usage, this offers the added benefit of saving money too!
- Choose eco-friendly equipment and products, when possible.
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