The start of the year is often the time that we vow to make changes in our lives. Whether professional or personal, many of us take the opportunity to better ourselves. However, there is much more to consider than our yearly plans to lose weight or learn a new language. Along with sticking to your business New Year’s Resolutions with the help of Executive Coaching, you can make positive changes that will benefit more than just your company: they will benefit the world. In this blog, we’re going to discuss the ways in which you can make your business Eco-friendly. In the midst of the Australian bush-fire crisis, environmental concerns are on the forefront of everyone’s mind. What’s more, as ‘most of the world’s population (58%) spend one-third of their adult life at work’ – who.int, it’s crucial that our workplaces become more Eco-friendly. Here at Triple Three Solutions, we’re sharing our top tips on how to build a more green workplace environment and why you should make these changes in 2020.

Reduce, reuse, recycle:

‘From 10,000 sheets of office paper to 500 disposable coffee cups, the average office worker generates a substantial amount of waste every year.’– roadrunnerwm.com

Paper: With print mistakes, handouts and more, it’s no surprise that paper is one of the biggest waste products in the office. However, it is surprising that this is still the case in 2020: as more businesses go paperless. Provide recycling bins and go paperless where you can. E.G. change to digital payslips, invoices etc. and introduce a digital signature policy for documents that need to be signed. Additionally, avoid forms filling for absence management, holiday planning and performance management by introducing an online system to manage HR. Regardless of the size of your organisation, you can do your bit to reduce the use of paper in your HR processes.

Plastic: Single use plastics is another large problem within the work environment. With supermarket meal deals and an on-the-go lifestyle, this waste can add up quickly. Encourage employees to bring their lunch in from home through campaigns and incentives. You could also consider providing branded, reusable coffee cups or water bottles to long term staff members.

Power: Along with physical waste, consider how your business can reduce its use of electricity. Check for unused, plugged in wires and ensure that lights are turned off when not in use.

The daily commute:

Do your employees (or you) drive miles to the office every day? If so, think about introducing remote working. Remote working has many benefits, which can you read more about in this guest blog. Alternatively, encourage employees to use alternative transport. The bike-to-work scheme aims to reduce business’ carbon footprints and increase regular exercise: in turn, improving physical and mental wellness. Triple Three Solutions also suggests carpooling or public transport: decreasing the use of single occupancy vehicles. You can help to match employees for car-shares, offer reduced parking fees and more. What’s more, along with helping the environment, carpooling can help build valuable relationships within the workplace. Because of this, your team networks, becomes closer and morale is boosted all round.

Business Benefits:

Employee Productivity & Motivation: Triple Three Solutions has previously discussed mental health in the workplace and the affects that the working environment can have on employee motivation. Many of these Eco-friendly methods are also very beneficial to your employees physical and mental health. Through encouraging regular exercise, healthy eating (such as Meat Free Monday) and more, your employees become healthier. This, in turn, boosts morale and reduces the number of likely sick days. Keeping on-top of recycling waste in the workplace can also affect employee motivation, as it is likely to be tidier. Read our previous blog here about the importance of having a tidy desk at work.

Reputation: In this day and age, customers and clients are likely to be drawn to an Eco-conscious business. Potential employees may also find an Eco-friendly business culture appealing: as it shows that you care for your staff and the for the world.

Cost Effective: By reusing products, turning off the lights when not in use and more, it’s clear to see that an Eco-friendly business will save some money. There are also ‘financial incentives available to businesses, including tax breaks and government subsidiaries.’ – alexander.co.uk

Triple Three Solutions thoughts:

Our HR Consultants believe in finding balance in business needs and environmental concern. If we (as businesses and in our personal lives) can all do our bit to be more Eco-conscious, it will make a real difference.

To learn more about the benefits of making your business Eco-friendly, or for any other HR concerns, please feel free to get in touch. Contact us on 0333 050 3330 or via email at lisa@triplethreesolutions.co.uk.