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The benefits of going green

The benefits of going green

The benefits of going green

One of the real business trends that many companies are adopting at the moment is taking a more eco-friendly approach to the way they carry out their operations.

However, while it might be considered to be the 'in' thing, it's understandable that some office managers may be left wondering why they're going to all the effort - aside from the obvious reason of helping to preserve the environment.

After all, businesses never used to care about how they separated their waste and whether or not the lights were left on when the last person left the building, so why is it such a big deal now?

For the doubters, nay-sayers and those who are just plain curious, here are a few suggestions why going green could make a difference to your firm.

It can save money

With the focus of many organisations being on how they can take the pressure off their bottom line, encouraging a more environmentally-friendly way of working can pay dividends.

For a start, your energy bills can be dramatically reduced if you are able to put your green initiatives into practice.

Turning off computers at the end of the day - along with similar habits for other facilities that utilise other devices - ensure your company is not spending money on powering devices overnight that don't need to be left on. Of course, another plus is that you're using up less of the world's resources.

Improve the image of your business

If you've gone green and are proud of it - tell everyone what you're doing! Having an eco-friendly ethos is definitely something to shout about and could actually gain you more business as a result.

Having high moral standards can turn you into a more attractive partner, which may give you the edge when competing for new contracts against your rivals.

This can also apply to consumers. More and more people are becoming aware of the need to go green and this is influencing their buying decisions and how they go about their day-to-day life.

Because of this, you may have noticed that larger organisations are only too happy to toot their own horn about what they're doing to help the environment and you should definitely be looking to follow suit to take advantage of customer attitudes.

Encourage a team ethic

Every business should have its own culture and values to help bring its team of workers together and going green can help to facilitate this.

If respecting the environment is made a key focus for staff, this can support the idea they are working together on issues that are much larger than the job they are doing in the office, instilling a sense of pride in what they are part of.

Of course, having all workers on the same page helps tie in to the other reasons why an eco-friendly approach is a good idea.

It's always easier when everyone pulls together and, by instilling a team mentality, your mission of instilling a green culture and reaping the benefits can be more easily realised.

Posted by William Rodriguez

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