Tuesday 15th Jun 2021
Sustainability has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, as many businesses and individuals make changes — large or small — to embrace more eco-friendly practices.
And, as workforces all over the globe make the transition to operating from HQ once again, many business leaders will be exploring ways to make the office more earth-conscious, which also presents the added bonuses of engaging the team, saving money, and improving output.
So, in recognition of World Environment Day, here are some of our top tips for encouraging a more sustainable culture in the office…
Introduce energy-efficient solutions
Most utilities companies offer incentives for making energy efficient upgrades to your office. And, simple changes like installing motion detectors in hallways, replacing regular lightbulbs with LEDs, shutting down computers before leaving the office and maximising natural light can go a long way.
Reducing the amount of paper your company uses is a simple, yet effective way of boosting sustainability and helping to minimise the risk of deforestation in areas all over the globe.
Adopting a cloud-based system can both reduce waste and even improve efficiency and speed of internal operations — not to mention slash your stationery bill!
Conduct a waste audit
Plenty of companies offer a free of charge waste audit which will help you to pinpoint areas for improvement around the workspace — identifying items being thrown away that could otherwise be recycled.
Many everyday products such as batteries, printer cartridges, light bulbs, and electronic waste can be collected for re-use or recycling. Donating unwanted electronics can also give them a new lease of life with a school or charity, meaning less waste destined for landfill.
Recruit a CSO
Still a relatively new role to emerge in the business landscape, chief sustainable officers (CSOs) are employed to look at the bigger picture from within the organisation. Assessing improvements to be made from a cultural, financial, and strategic point of view.
Often, a big challenge is integrating a culture of corporate responsibility and eco-conscious attitudes in the entire workforce.
Involve the team
Your colleagues can have a huge impact on your sustainability model. Encourage open conversations with the team about how you can be better as a group, and act on their suggestions to reflect that you respect their opinions.
Suggest carpooling initiatives or even using alternative modes of transport — such as cycling or walking — and encourage working from home where possible to reduce unnecessary travel.
We hope we’ve provided some useful tips for adopting a more eco-friendly approach in the workplace. For more helpful tips for SME leaders, visit our Invoice Finance blog.