Going green in the workplace is good for the environment but also good for the company’s reputation. More and more people these days are doing their part to help the environment. By being responsible in the company, a business could earn more environmentally friendly clients or customers. There are simple steps companies can take to help with this great cause. Getting the employees involved is always a great way to start; send out an e-mail outlining plans to go green in the company.
By starting out to save energy, a company can take the first step in going green and helping the environment.
· Setting computers and other devices to energy saving mode is one of the easiest steps in going green in a company.
· Another energy saving tip would be to shut off equipment that is not in use. Obviously, the equipment would have to be shut off correctly; one might want to read over manuals before turning off or unplugging equipment.
· If there is no one in an office or the break room, turn off the lights. There is no reason to keep lights on if the room is empty.
· Use energy saving light bulbs.
Reducing paper is a great way to help a company go green. If possible, send communication via e-mail especially if the communication is done within the company. Phone calls are another way to communicate and save paper. There are many digital resources on the web that can help a company use less paper.
A company can give the option to digitalize a client’s accounts. By digitalizing clients’ accounts, the information will be available instantly for the viewing. The digitalization will also help in the effort to reduce paper.
When printing information, use printers that will allow double side printing. By printing on both sides of the paper, a company can reduce the amount of paper used.
The Break Room
The break room can be a place with lots of waste. By encouraging employees to reduce waste and go green, the break room can become more eco-friendly.
· Ban water bottles, encourage reusable containers. If banning water bottles does not seem like a good option for the company have a place to put the empty containers.
· Encourage employees to bring coffee mugs from home to reuse. Having Styrofoam cups available should be eliminated.
· Set up recycling bins. If the company, does not want to ban water bottles have a bin designated for disposal. Have bins set up for old magazines, soda containers, cardboard and one for glass. Setting up bins takes minimal effort. An employee can take the bins to the local recycling center. There is usually an employee who will volunteer to leave work to do this task or if done after work hours offer a small incentive. For example, an employee who takes the bins in to recycling could be offered a gift card.
In larger companies, many employees do not know each other. Set up an area designed to introduce co-workers who may be willing to commute to work. Often a number of employees will live in the same area and can commute daily to work. By carpooling, employees can save money and help the environment.
Companies should install toilets that use less water to flush. Companies with a large number of employees will have a reduction in water use if this task is completed. Employees need to report leaky faucets and other maintenance items that need immediate attention as soon as the problem arises in order to get fixed in a timely manner.
Small steps can make a big impact for the company as a way to save money by reducing energy usage. The steps can also help in environmental issues and give the company a good reputation.