With the fight against climate change escalating with each passing year, the drive to improve sustainability in all quarters of society has even reached into the workplace.
If you have read the latest HR news updates, many trade magazines have begun to encourage corporations to become more environmentally responsible, as there are advantages both in terms of improving employee health and public relations.
If you are looking to green your office, we will share a few tips below that will aid you in your quest for sustainability.
1) Use cleaning products that are non-toxic
Every day after you and your employees go home, members of the cleaning staff move in and begin the process of making your office a hygienic place to work.
To reduce the impact of these efforts on the environment, make sure that the chemicals that they use are non-toxic.
Eventually, harmful compounds find their way into the water supply, which can have an impact on ecosystems and our health.
What’s more, those with environmental sensitivities suffer when harsh chemicals are used in the office. By using green products, you can avoid negative impacts on those that work in the office and those depending on clean water outside.
2) Go as paperless as possible
The digital revolution has reduced the amount of paper used in everyday life over the past decade or so. However, many offices still persist in the use of paper documents for various functions.
If yours is among them, moving to electronic documents wherever possible will save the unnecessary cutting of trees that are needed to absorb atmospheric carbon and create oxygen in return.
If there are situations where you cannot avoid using paper, commit to recycling these sheets when you have finished using them.
If they are sensitive documents, there are services available that will shred them into illegible fragments before they are carted off for recycling.
3) Encourage remote working wherever possible
The idea of coming into a central office everyday is quickly being challenged by companies that have made use of remote employees to complete essential business functions.
They do so in a way that is often more efficient than in-house staff, which has helped to spur the ongoing freelancer revolution that is sweeping the world.
However, if you wish to keep your current staff, you can opt to give them the choice of working from home or anywhere else where there is a consistent internet connection.
Doing this avoids having employees commute into work, greatly reducing carbon emissions while increasing productivity, as many remote workers find it easier to focus outside the office.