Sustainable Workplace Aspirations
2020 must be the year when everyone makes a concerted effort with their recycling and sustainability for the sake of our environment. You only have to look at what is going on with the bushfires in Australia to see the impact climate change is having. And while it’s essential to be sustainable in our personal lives, you should also strive for sustainability in your professional life, too. Workplaces can be a significant cause of environmental issues, so exploring ways you can achieve your sustainable workplace aspirations can help everybody do their bit for the environment.
Coffee (Needs) To Go
We get it. Everyone needs a hot cup of coffee or tea 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, workplaces must start thinking about offering free tea and coffee for staff. Not only will they get to use their reusable mugs and thermoses, but they will also save money every day, too. The same goes for water. “New year, new me” is a trend we see at the start of every year. It will be a New Year’s resolution to drink more water for many employees so workplaces should do their best to offer water stations to reduce plastic bottle water usage.
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. Lots of offices have additional heaters on in winter. Try and encourage staff to put on an extra jumper and reduce the reliance on electric heaters.
Mute the Commute
Yes, everybody needs to get to work, but if everybody drives, it wreaks havoc on the environment. You can offer rewards and incentives for those who take public transport, cycle, or carpool to work, and you can also make flexible work-from-home options a reality.
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.
Here’s to a greener, more sustainable 2020 in your workplace.