There’s been a big shift in companies adopting an environmentally friendly approach over the past decade, and if your business is still sapping resources like they’re never going to run out, then you’re stuck in the past. There are many benefits to going green, including saving money, looking better in the eyes of your customers, and doing your bit to save the planet. If you’re looking at making the switch, adopt these five tips that we’ve outlined below.
Create a Company Policy
As the boss, you’re in charge of making the call to go green, but that doesn’t mean your employees won’t want to be part of the action too. The green policies you adopt have to be shared with them. As such, create a new ‘eco-friendly’ company policy, outlining the changes that will be in effect going forward. This could include things like making sure that your all electricals are switched off when they’re not in use, how employees should dispose of waste (recycling, etc.), and so on. It’s the small day to day differences that have the biggest impact on a company’s eco-status.
You don’t have to go completely digital to be eco-friendly. After all: printing is sometimes an essential aspect of doing business, and not everything can be accessed or understood via a computer screen. So while you’ll still be printing, it’s important that you streamline your printing process and make it more effective. Managed print services can cut the cost of your printing expenses, while at the same time reducing your company’s carbon footprint. If you’re going to print, make sure you’re doing it in an environmentally responsible way!
Having the Right Equipment
Not all office tech equipment is created equal when it comes to the environment. In fact, if you’re using outdated technology then it’s highly likely that you’ll be undoing all the good work you do elsewhere environmentally just by using it. Have a look at the energy rating of your current electronics. If they have a subpar grade, then it might be time to look at upgrading your tech to be more in line with modern standards. Of course, if you’re investing in new office tech then it’s important that you have the right level of insurance to keep it safe!
Encourage Eco-Friendly Commuting
A lot of your company’s eco-footprint won’t be in the office; it’ll be in the cars of your employees, who drive to and from work. As such, it’s a good idea to encourage eco-friendly commuting. This could be by having a ride-sharing sheet in the office, or by providing bike racks for those who want to ride in. You can also reward your eco-warriors by letting them leave 30 minutes early on Friday, as an extra incentive.
Whatever you end up doing, make sure it’s not the end of your transition to being environmentally friendly. Keep a progressive attitude, and you’ll be ready to adopt new practices as and when they’re developed. And in the meantime, you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing you’re doing your part!