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GOING GREEN IN

WORKPLACES

Going green in workplaces not only benefits the environment and by extension, people, but also the workplace itself and the firm’s performance. Read more to take the first steps towards a more sustainable, greener workplace. 

Words By Varnika Srivastava

08/09/2021

Our actions leave a mark on our world, and some of them may be damaging to the environment and, in the end, to us. It is no surprise that news and conversations about climate change have flooded the media; the polar ice caps are melting, and global temperatures are rising. Because many of these activities take place at work, corporations, governments, and pro-environmental organizations are starting to reconsider what we do and how we do it.

Going green is the only way to ensure that future generations inherit a livable world. This entails a shift in work and workplace design to guarantee that we leave the environment in a sound and healthy state. However, it is more than just that! Going green in the workplaces has many benefits for the workplace as well. Indeed, buildings and workplaces are experiencing tangible results in a variety of areas, including decreased costs, increased worker productivity, and increased employee engagement.

Benefits Of Going Green

According to recent studies, green workplaces reduce the number of sick days per employee on average, lead to productivity gains, and boost job satisfaction. Moreover, customers’ perceptions alter when they learn that your firm has implemented environmentally friendly policies and activities.

According to Nielsen research, 55 percent of customers throughout the world are willing to pay a premium for eco-friendly items. As a result, such businesses see an increase in sales and income.

According to the Network for Business Stability, every dollar a firm gives to environmentally friendly and green projects increases sales by 6%. A great example of such firms would be TOMS. Across 47 million liters of clean drinking water have been donated to those in need around the world by the shoe and coffee firm. The firm is worth $600 million at the moment.

5 Ways To Go Green

Still, making a workplace sustainable and green is not always easy.

Here are 5 small steps you can take to help:

  1. At work, use reusable water bottles and mugs. Disposable water bottles may be found all over landfills, and they have a terrible environmental impact. You will save money and avoid ingesting the invisible residue that comes from disposable plastic bottles if you use reusable water bottles. You may also add a personal touch to your coffee by using your own mug rather than disposable ones. It is also a good idea to fill the office kitchen with reusable supplies and kitchenware instead of single use plastics.

  2. Be mindful of your printing habits. It is better to print double-sided utilizing the double-sided printing option included on many modern printers. If that is not an option, print what you need and, if possible, reuse the sheet of paper by writing on the blank side.

  3. Improve the look of your workplace. Suggestions for incorporating actual plants into your workplace and other indoor working areas help because plants retain carbon and purify the air indoors. They also make the environment more calm and pleasurable for everyone.

  4. Use energy-efficient lighting. It goes without saying that we need good lighting wherever we work, but this requirement may also be addressed in an environmentally responsible way. While brightly lighting the space, LED lights save energy and last far longer than traditional light bulbs.

  5. A simple step that you can take not only in the office but also at home is to turn off the computer or laptop when not in use. If you just leave it on sleep or standby, it uses more energy and this has a higher carbon footprint.