Eco-friendly and green living has become all the rage lately, and for good reason. We only have one planet, and we need to look after it if our grandchildren and other generations are going to enjoy the same privileged lives we do today.
It doesn’t matter if you own a web design agency or a small beauty salon – we all have a responsibility to make our offices as environmentally friendly as possible. Luckily, there are numerous ways to do this, and I’ve outlined a few of my favourites below.
Create Monthly Challenges
If your office is a friendly, laid back place, you could consider creating fun monthly challenges to encourage eco-friendly practices. There are a few different ways to approach this, but the general idea is to make things fun so that your employees actually want to do their best.
One example that I particularly like is seeing who can produce the least waste over the course of a week or a month. Give every employee their own waste bin, and encourage them to recycle wherever possible. If you want, you could reward the winner with some sort of novelty price, such as being “king of the office” for a day.
Use Indoor Plants
The environment within the office is often stuffy and the air tends to be pretty stale, especially if you don’t have decent ventilation. Luckily, this is pretty easily solved by buying a few indoor plants, which will act as natural air filters, removing impurities and keeping your office fresh.
Many business such as web design companies and others decide to follow sustainability guidelines because they have done their research and found that not only will it help the earth’s resources to last longer, it also impacts their bottom line in a positive way. Perhaps even more importantly, when done for the right reasons it gives the web design company a good reputation.
Here are some of the reasons for going green in your business –
You can receive certain government grants and assistance.
Your company will spend less on things such as water, power and raw materials.
You and your company will receive positive recognition through various, numerous environmental awards.
It is possible to find new markets for services or goods that are ‘green’.
Because you’ve reduced wastage and the use of hazardous chemicals your workplace will be safer and costs will be lower.
Employees will be happy to work for you because they know of the increased workplace safety.
A positive impression in the minds of both employees and customers will be created when they know what your stand is on environmental issues.
Many businesses such as SEO companies follow sustainability guidelines in their offices because they know it is likely to reduce their costs and because they can point to the fact as a way to get more customers and an improved reputation. This is all good and in Australia especially, where there are fair rules and regulations regarding employment, we don’t see a lot of what the lack of sustainability in business can actually do to employees.
In many other countries where no such regulations exist, businesses do not follow ethical practices, especially in what they provide – or rather, don’t provide – for their workers. Abominably low wages and terrible working conditions are the sad lot of such employees, who struggle to make enough for their families to eat, let alone have decent clothing, healthcare and education.