The modern workplace has a significant impact on the environment. From the wasteful use of energy to poor waste management, there are several ways in which offices can be environmentally unfriendly. In an age of climate change, companies are expected to operate in a socially responsible manner. Sustainable workplace practices can help reduce their impact and contribute to efforts to address environmental issues.
Many employees today are looking for employers who value sustainability and are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and society. Some surveys suggest protecting the environment is the main concern for Generation Z employees, followed by unemployment and health care or disease prevention. Other surveys also suggest most millennials are concerned about the environment and are making an effort to change their habits.
By adopting sustainable workplace practices, companies can attract and retain these employees while improving their overall workplace culture. However, according to the World Economic Forum, 90 per cent of executives believe sustainability is important, but only 60 per cent of organizations have sustainability strategies.
Sustainable workplace practices can lead to cost savings through increased efficiency, reduced waste, and improved resource management. While some initiatives may take extra planning and come with additional costs, in the long run, some steps can save on electricity bills and significantly reduce waste.
Some examples of sustainable business practices include:
Sustainability principles should be weaved into all aspects of an organization, from products and services, to operations and employee management.
Demonstrating how your company is taking action when it comes to environmental awareness can help attract employees to your organization, especially younger generations that want to feel they’re part of a greater mission or purpose when they come to work.
Encourage employees to get involved by communicating the importance of sustainability, encouraging feedback, implementing policies that influence employee behaviour, and providing eco-friendly facilities.
Sustainable practices in the workplace can help reduce operating costs, build a positive corporate reputation, and contribute to a healthier planet and society. Contact us so we can work together to create solutions that work best for you and your organization.