How to get your staff engaged with energy efficiency

How to get your staff engaged with energy efficiency

How to get your staff engaged with energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is a key goal for many businesses, largely because it offers the twin benefits of reducing an organisation's carbon footprint and cutting costs.

With climate change and the environment still such big issues in politics, commerce and society as a whole, there is a regular supply of new methods companies can use to reduce their energy consumption and make themselves more efficient.

However, it is important to remember that measures being implemented in the workplace will only be successful if all members of staff are fully invested in the project.

If your business aspires to greater energy efficiency, it is worth asking if your employees are sufficiently engaged to see the changes through.

Fortunately, there are many methods your organisation can use to improve employee engagement.

Set an example from the top

Employees are much more likely to feel engaged and buy into a project if they see that the most senior figures within the business are setting the right example on how things should be done.

Managers and directors should be the first ones to adopt energy efficient practices like powering down computers or machines that are not being used and switching off lights when they leave a room.

Promote transparency

Transparency is a big contributor to employee engagement, because staff will feel much more loyal and ready to work for an organisation that is entirely open and honest about its performance, objectives and things it needs to change.

If you are transparent and share information with your workforce regarding your environmental credentials and energy efficiency, employees are much more likely to feel a part of the campaign to deliver improvements.

Offer one-on-one mentoring

In busy workplaces where managers have many different responsibilities, it is not uncommon for individual workers to feel that they don't have an outlet for their own questions or concerns.

Employee engagement programmes that include one-on-one mentoring can provide an effective solution to this problem, through the formation of close, trusting relationships between junior workers and their more experienced colleagues.

This provides a channel for all sorts of issues to be raised and addressed, helping people to feel much happier in their work.

Support your managers

Line managers will be entrusted with a lot of responsibility in any bid to improve employee engagement, since they are the ones who have the most regular contact with individual team members and can therefore gauge the mood of the workforce.

It is crucial for the most senior figures within the organisation ensure that managers feel supported in their efforts and have received the proper training, both on improving employee engagement and the company's specific energy efficiency goals.

Acknowledge good performance

One thing that is almost guaranteed to have a damaging effect on employee engagement is when good practice and achievements go unrecognised.

People at every level of the business should always be on the lookout for workers doing the right things and should make a special effort to give praise and encouragement.

Something as simple as a "well done" or a "thank you", offered in person, can do wonders for the engagement and morale not only of the individual, but their colleagues and fellow team members as well.


Posted by Julie Tucker

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