How to breed a green office culture

How to breed a green office culture

How to breed a green office culture

One of the hardest aspects of turning your office into an environmentally-friendly one is getting everyone in the workplace into a green mindset.

However, rising to this challenge is absolutely essential if your ambitions of going green are to be realised.

It takes a real collaborative effort to make a significant difference and while one person's efforts can certainly help, if you're going it alone then you're going to be up against it, as far as impacting on the overall business is concerned.

What's needed is an all-round shift in attitude - something that is often easier said than done. If you're ready to lead a green revolution, then the following tips may certainly help.

Explain why you're going green

Generally, your colleagues will be more receptive to the idea of having to sort their rubbish into separate bins and reduce the amount of personal printing they do if you talk to to them about the reasoning behind it.

Different explanations may be needed to appeal to the various characters in the office, so you need to be mindful that not everyone will be convinced the extra effort is worth their while on the basis it will save the company money.

You could also explain how your collective efforts are helping to preserve the environment - maybe work out your carbon footprint and how much it will be reduced if your plans are implemented?

Turn it into a competition

From collecting the largest recycling piles of drinks cans and waste paper to cycling the most miles to work instead of taking the bus - there are plenty of ways to coax enthusiasm from your employees through a bit of healthy competition.

You can even consider offering weekly or monthly prizes as an added incentive.

However, one thing to be mindful of is that you don't want to come across as being patronising to your staff.

While injecting a bit of fun into the office is generally a good idea, if your workers feel as though they are being talked down to or treated like children, they may disregard the idea altogether and undermine your overall mission.

Engage your workers

To really get the best response from your workforce, you need to make them feel as though they are an integral part of any green efforts.

One of the best ways to do this is to ask for suggestions as to how the business can become more environmentally-friendly.

This approach has two main benefits. Firstly, the ideas that are eventually adopted are more likely to succeed because they are a product of the employees carrying them out and secondly, you may actually receive some really effective ideas that you wouldn't have otherwise come across.

Additionally, you may find that some policies become self-policing - especially if the person who suggested one way of going greener doesn't want their idea to fail.

Again, incentives are likely to be needed to get the ball rolling, but having your workers actively involved in the process can make a huge difference when it comes to establishing and maintaining an eco-friendly culture.

Posted by Andrew Stewart

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