Companies around the globe have begun to realise the sheer impact of climate change, and how badly it would affect the future population. As a result, many companies have adopted a ‘green policy’ in their offices. Over the past few offices, some of the world’s biggest organisations have taken steps in order to improve sustainability in the office environment. You might be surprised to know that many traditional offices aren’t sustainable at all. The green movement calls for a check on electricity consumption, and the effective utilisation of resources.
This isn’t something that can be done unless the employees are willing to play their role. However, if you want to adopt a policy of energy conservation, you will need to replace a lot of things. The staff, faculty and organisation must all play a role in order to save energy in the workplace. Here are just some of the ways you can enhance sustainability in the workplace and improve your business practices.
Bring Your Own Cups and Plates
Many offices maintain their own stock of paper plates and other disposable products. During the lunch hours, employees will throw away a lot of disposable stuff. This will cause considerable harm to the environment. On the other hand, if every employee is asked to bring their own plates and cutlery, you can end up reducing the carbon footprint of your office.
Put Potted Plants
Numerous studies have shown that keeping potted plants inside the building can actually lead to a significant boost in morale. Plants induce calmness and peace. During the day, the plants will produce oxygen. This is perhaps one of the best green policies that you can adopt. Adding green elements to your office fit out will greatly improve employee morale and worker productivity.
Turn Off Items Not in Use
When you first walk into the office during the early hours of the morning, you will notice all the lights and equipment are turned down, even if nobody is at the table. Every morning, a member of the staff is assigned to turn on all the equipment in the office. While it may improve productivity, leaving things on can actually lead to excessive energy consumption and increase the carbon footprint in your office. Instead, you should turn off items that are not in use. Taking a couple of seconds more to boot up an appliance from scratch won’t use up a lot of company time, after all.
Making a Checklist
Before you get started, it’s important to make a checklist of all the different ways you can cut down on energy consumption. Make sure you put all essential items on the list that are using up too much energy, and figure out how to cut down consumption. Then, you need to look for further measures that can be taken in order to reduce the energy consumption in and around the office.