6 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Go Green

Turning your workplace or business into a “green” operation will not only benefit the environment, but it will most likely save your company some big bucks as well. The best part about going green is that the steps you need to take are very simple and easy transitions. Plus, it’s up to you and your employees how far you want to take it. Here are some tips to encourage your employees to go green:

  1. Separate Trash

Encourage your employees not just to recycle but also to compost bits and scraps leftover from lunch. Invest in a sealed compost container and encourage staff to take turns taking the compost home to add to their own compost piles.


  1. Field Trip

You can explain and even give presentations on how much you’re helping the environment, but experiencing things first-hand is usually much more effective. Take a company field trip to your local landfill and watch people’s eyes widen with shock. Another less intrusive idea is to simply post the electric bill in a common area and challenge your company to bring it down each month!


  1. Plan of Action 

You can’t just encourage employees to “go green” or “reduce your carbon footprint.” These concepts are too broad and easy to neglect. Give people a few key options to choose from – rather than leave them in limbo with a hundred different potential actions. This encourages employees to change their ways most effectively.


  1. Make it Fun! 

Make fun games or contests out of recycling and taking necessary steps to go green for the office. One idea is to offer incentives like gift cards or even the ability to leave work an hour early one Friday. Another idea for friendly competition at your company is to make a chart in a common area where employees can keep count of items recycled, etc.


  1. Increased Revenue

According to one study, customers will pay up to ten percent more for products that are green or ethical. When you get to the point in your business where your employees are also part of the green initiative, this could end up helping their sales as well. Use this to your advantage when dealing with clients and potential customers.


  1. Put Into Writing

Policies make your corporate values explicit, clarifying expectations and helping employees make better decisions. Update your corporate values to include social and environmental goals. Publish “green” goals on your website, create policies and codes of conduct, and include “green” achievements in company reports.

Written by Joe Chenoweth, President of Smart Roofs

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