An Employers Guide to an Eco-Friendly Workplace
Your staff are exposed to more stories about recycling and green efforts than ever before. In and outside of the office, in the news and online the green issue has become a considerable issue in the era of information. In 2018, horrifying images of plastic’s effect on the oceans and wildlife were scattered across the web. Globally, searches on Google related to plastic recycling almost doubled. At ReGen, we created a series of blogs focusing on this exact issue.
As green innovation attracts more airtime and screen space, people are beginning to question how their actions affect the environment. So, how can you create a forward-thinking, greener workplace for your staff?
Setting goals is an essential step when trying to improve any area of your business. Firstly, consider your business and environmental surroundings. For example, in an office setting; could you use less paper, do you recycle what you use and are you heating an empty space overnight?
You and your staff will understand what changes you can make without being unrealistic. Achievable month-by-month goals will help structure your eco-plan and give your team an added sense of purpose. Don't set the bar too high too early or people may become disenfranchised and feel under pressure.
Communicate and Incentivise
Poorly communicated ideas don't go far in business, regardless of how good the concept is. Organise a meeting about your plans for a greener workplace, explain why and give an idea of the outcomes. Some employers have passed savings in energy or material usage onto the staff, encouraging them to take part.
Incentivising a greener office doesn't just mean offering financial rewards to staff. Working alongside community groups, setting up workplace recycling collections and getting involved in cycling to work schemes can all prove effective. Aside from achieving eco-goals, you can also improve the CSR standards of your business and generate positive press.
Modern Ideas for an Eco-Workplace
If you already have some environmental standards in place, it may be time to modernise them. Single-use plastics were exposed more than ever in 2018 as hugely damaging. If you offer catering, could you use alternatives to plastic like Vegware? Or could you arm your staff with reusable branded coffee cups? Some governments have already removed all single-use plastic in an attempt to lead by example.
Smart meters a monitor energy usage and there are supporting apps available to help measure progress. The right tech can help you maintain comfortable temperatures on a budget or measure your waste output and improve efficiency.
Meet Waste targets with ReGen
For all the areas of your business that you understand, there may also be gaps in your knowledge. Waste is very often one of these blind spots for employers and business owners. At ReGen, we can support your environmental goals by reducing the amount of waste that ends up at a landfill site.
We already work with councils and businesses across England, Scotland and Ireland, helping them to manage waste better. To improve your waste management or learn more about how we can help you, contact us now.