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5 employee habits making your business less green

5 employee habits making your business less green

5 employee habits making your business less green

There are lots of things an organisation can do to boost its green credentials. Here at Aurora, for example, we work hard to ensure that our equipment and consumables come from environmentally friendly sources, we only work with partners whose environmental policies we believe in, and we participate in initiatives to improve our and our clients' sustainability.

But even if you've spent a significant amount to raise the profile of your business, there's a chance that your green credentials could be compromised by limited engagement on the ground floor. A wide range of common employee habits and behaviours can detract from an organisation's efforts to improve its environmental impact, and many of them are allowed to continue even when they're very simple to change.

5 employee habits making your business less green

Here are five of those habits. Could they be making your business less green?

Wasting electricity

It might sound obvious, but individuals failing to switch off devices and appliances that use electricity - everything from electric lights, to workstations, to heavy machinery - can really damage an organisation's environmental standing, as well as cost it a significant amount of money. Employees should be encouraged to be conscientious about their electricity wastage, particularly if their working day consists of interactions with a wide range of power-hungry devices.

Failing to recycle

It's not hard to promote recycling among your workforce. You simply provide the correct bins and be sure to clarify where different items of waste are supposed to end up. And yet many organisations fail to furnish their offices with this basic facility, resulting in large quantities of paper, plastic and glass going to landfill.

Excessive printing

Most organisations are still heavy printers. In fact, a recent survey from Business Waste found that almost a third (31 per cent) of UK firms are actually ordering more paper and associated products today than they were five years ago. Employees should be encouraged to cut down on this behaviour and print documents only when strictly necessary, as well as getting into the habit of using both sides of paper.

Wasting water

You may not think about it often, but your workers are likely to get through a lot of water between nine and five. If they're wasteful in this regard, it could contribute to your business being less environmentally friendly overall. You can improve matters by installing more efficient appliances, such as automatic taps and waterless urinals, but it also helps to introduce manual processes to save water - an effective schedule for the office dishwasher, for example.

Inefficient commuting

Organisations might overlook the environmental impact of their employees' commutes, but it's actually an area in which they can do much to promote greener behaviour. Carpooling and Cycle to Work schemes are easy to set up and can massively reduce the workforce's cumulative carbon footprint. Allowing remote working can also cut the emissions associated with regular commutes.

 

Posted by Julie Tucker

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