Help Your Workplace Become More Sustainable

By wizu | 16 April 2022

Updated 31/08/2023

More companies across major business industries are looking to reduce their impact on the environment. They’re looking for ways to help their companies become more sustainable, which often means new policies and programs are needed to help everyone become more environmentally conscious.

In addition, customers are looking for businesses to become more sustainable. They want to support eco-friendly businesses that care for the environment.

But how can an organisation become more eco-friendly? It must start with the employees. Everyone in the company, at every level, needs to be involved and believe in the move to practice sustainable habits in the office.

This doesn’t have to mean a huge investment; there are methods that are accessible and cost-effective for most businesses when they want to reduce their carbon footprint. We’ve included some examples you can use with the company to encourage employees to be more sustainable at work.


1. Start a Recycling Program

One way to easily get started with an eco-friendly program is to start with a recycling program at the office. The program can include most aspects of the business, from the kitchen to the workplace.

Offer education on responsible waste disposal, use clear signage on designated waste stations, and more. Signs can help employees understand what is recyclable and what’s not and which items go in certain recycling bins.

Another idea is to take old devices, such as computers, and have them donated for parts or education.

Find creative ways to get employees educated and excited about recycling. Your business will instantly become more sustainable in the process.


2. Conserve Energy in the Office

Another way to become more sustainable without spending the company budget is to conserve energy in the office. Here, again, educating employees gets the message across on how to save energy. You may also find the company saves money by implementing this policy.

Start by asking employees to turn off lights and electronic equipment during off-hours. This helps cut down on energy usage and save money.

In addition, buy only energy-efficient devices and office equipment that use lower amounts of electricity. You can also switch to automatic lights and use a programmable thermostat!

It’s helpful to create instructions and policies for employees to follow in this regard. You can help them find ways to save energy at their desks and around the office. For instance, shutting off their computers at the end of the day and keeping lights off in spaces that are not in use.


3. Go Paperless

Going digital, using cloud computing resources, and dropping paper can help your company become more sustainable. What’s more, some offices find that going paperless also stimulates collaboration and communication.

There are many solutions available for a paperless office, such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive. These are great tools for collaborating teams. HR and payroll software are additional options for going paperless.


4. Support Green Vendors

Next, you can choose to do business only with green vendors and companies to become more sustainable. It may take a little research to find vendors who offer greener services and products.

It’s always best to contact the company and ask about their sustainability efforts and see if they align with your company’s vision and values when it comes to the environment.


5. Reuse & Reduce

Rather than using disposables in the office, consider making it company policy to reduce and reuse. For instance, it may be possible to get rid of disposable coffee cups. Instead, ask employees to bring reusable coffee mugs to work.

The same applies to bottled water. Rather than using throw-away bottles, make it company policy to use reusable water bottles.

It’s also possible to eliminate the use of Styrofoam in the office, such as coffee cups by the coffee machine. And remember to stock the company kitchen or breakroom with real utensils.

When it comes to the bathroom, why not consider using low-flow water or even reusing sink water to flush the toilet?

You can also promote this policy by offering company merchandise such as reusable water bottles, travel mugs, and more with the company logo. You might also consider incentives for reducing and reusing with a monthly gift card draw for employees who use reusables all week long!


6. Invest in Office Plants

Using plants in the office can help the space look so much better! However, the plants also work as sound absorbers, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve indoor air quality. Plants remove low-quality air and pump out oxygen, which can even lead to increased productivity.


7. Encourage Sustainable Transportation

You can support employees in using alternative transportation methods for their office commute. Some employees may be able to walk, ride their bikes, or even carpool with their colleagues during the week.

As an incentive, your business may offer transit subsidies to employees who commute to work. And if it’s possible, allowing some employees to work remotely also helps lower the emissions and is more sustainable.


8. Volunteer

Find a meaningful cause that helps the environment and needs volunteers. Encourage employees to make a meaningful impact on the local community.

Doing some research will lead to you some green causes and conservation campaigns your company can support.

The key is to get employees on board to volunteer and get outside to help the environment.


9. Conserve Human Energy

Conserving human energy may not be considered a sustainable project; however, it means improving the well-being of your employees. This can be done by promoting healthy habits in the workplace.

You can start by creating a non-toxic work environment by adding plants, ergonomic office furniture and allowing natural light into the workspace.

Then consider adding sustainable, healthy snacks such as organic fruits and vegetables to the breakroom. Encourage employees to eat healthy on the job!


10. Use Chemical-Free Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

You can also make your company more sustainable by choosing low-emitting cleaning products. Avoid harsh cleaners and solvents that can harm the environment and worsen indoor air quality. Instead, choose green cleaning products.

In addition, reusable mops can be used, and invest in vacuum cleaners that have HEPA filters onboard.


Summing It Up

As you can see, becoming a more sustainable company doesn’t have to mean spending a large portion of the company budget. Your business can become more sustainable by creating and implementing new policies in the workplace, incentivising sustainable practices, and educating employees on being more eco-friendly.

Your company could end up saving money in the process and improving your bottom line! And don’t forget you may also attract new clients and partners in the move to become more sustainable.

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FAQs about Creating a Sustainable Workplace

Q: How can I convince my company’s leadership to invest in sustainable initiatives?
A: Present a comprehensive business case that highlights the potential cost savings, positive PR, and long-term benefits of sustainability. Showcase successful case studies of other companies that have reaped rewards from their sustainable practices.

Q: What are some easy-to-implement sustainable practices for small businesses?
A: Small businesses can start by reducing energy consumption, encouraging employees to carpool or bike to work, and incorporating recycling programs. They can also opt for energy-efficient appliances and lighting.

Q: How can sustainable practices enhance employee satisfaction?
A: Employees are increasingly drawn to companies with a strong commitment to sustainability. By fostering a green workplace, you create a positive and fulfilling environment that aligns with their values, boosting morale and job satisfaction.

Q: Are there any tax incentives for adopting sustainable practices?
A: Yes, many governments offer tax incentives and rebates to companies that invest in sustainable practices. Research local and national programs to uncover potential financial benefits for your organisation.

Q: What role does innovation play in workplace sustainability?
A: Innovation drives the development of new technologies and practices that promote sustainability. Embracing innovative solutions can lead to breakthroughs in energy efficiency, waste reduction, and overall sustainability.

Q: How can I track and measure the impact of our sustainability initiatives?
A: Set clear sustainability goals and establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track your progress. Regularly monitor energy consumption, waste reduction rates, and other relevant metrics to gauge the effectiveness of your initiatives.

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