How Reopened Workplaces Can Be More Sustainable
COVID-19 has completely transformed the idea of traditional workplaces as millions swapped their daily commutes and office environments for working remotely from the comfort of their homes. These months of strict safety measures have had a positive short term effect on the environment, but as businesses begin to reopen we must think about being more sustainable in our professional lives to carry this impact forth into the post-lockdown world.
Take these suggestions into account whenever you’re returning to your former work routine or if you are in charge of a workplace that’s reopening after the lockdown.
Coffee (Needs) To Go
We get it. Everyone needs a hot cup of coffee in the morning to get going. But a sustainable workplace cannot hit its targets if everybody walks in with a disposable coffee cup. To overcome this, think about offering free tea and coffee for them. Not only will they get to use their reusable mugs and thermoses, but they will also save money every day, too.
Office environments are colossal energy drains, and not just because of the work. With computers running all day and fluorescent lights shining from 8 AM to 6 PM, especially in winter, your company is wasting energy. Instead, encourage everyone to use laptops and rely on the battery until they need to charge, and invest energy-saving bulbs or even windows that offer more natural light.
Mute the Commute
Working from home has been a revelation for a lot of people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many businesses may continue to offer this flexibility even when it’s no longer a necessity. Those that do will help keep the number of additional cars on roads down as others return to driving to work. And while public transport or car-sharing could still cause concern about contracting the virus, the further reported cases fall the more we should sensibly consider these options again so we can leave our cars at home instead. A healthy alternative is to invest in a bicycle.
While everybody needs to do their bit to save the environment, so too do businesses, and it’s often the largest companies that are the culprits. If you create a greener culture for your workplace, you can help make sustainability the new normal.