In today’s society, running a business that is both economically intelligent and environmentally intelligent is important. With so much of our focus on making a profit in the turbulent economic climate today, cutting back on our wastefulness can be a great start to cutting unnecessary costs. Numerous articles online will explain the importance of reducing paper waste, turning off computers and electronics, and working in an eco-friendly office structure. Each of these things is endlessly important for a profitable business and for our own social responsibility as inhabitants of this planet. However, on top of the basic practices of reduced use and reduced waste, try these three green practices to better your employees work environment and boost company morale.
Add Plants to Your Office
While this may sound trite, adding plants to your office environment will help make your business more environmentally conscious. With a list of benefits, plants help reduce toxins in the air, increase the air flow in a room, and help reduce eye irritations employees might encounter staring at a computer screen all day long. By improving the quality of the air in your office, plants will help your employees feel healthier and better suited for work. Furthermore, because plants help circulate air around a stuffy office
building, they can help reduce the cost of heating and cooling in the office. Most of all, plants bring interest and inspiration to a dull and lifeless office. Place plants throughout your office, so that your employees can benefit of fresh air and a relaxing atmosphere.
Plan Green Team Building
There are several green activities that businesses can encourage to be more eco friendly and boost employee morale. Encouraging a company carpool for individuals living is close proximity to one another is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint and a great way to boost employee bonding. As a company, create a carpool schedule that works for every individual and makes sense for helping the environment. Companies can also brainstorm team trips or company outings that demonstrate environmental consciousness. Try taking an eco friendly picnic for lunch one day a month or develop plans as a team to reduce company paper and supply waste. While these small tasks may sound more like chores, there are plenty of ways to make each exercise an enjoyable experience where employees to interact with one another at a less professional level. High employee morale is essential to a successful and profitable business.
Institute a Company Recycling Program
Another creative way to encourage green business while also boosting employee morale is using green practices as team building exercises. As a team building exercise, you and your employees could organize a recycling program for your office or for your entire office building. Obviously, this process could become rather involved. But, having your employees work together to design a recycling plan for the office can be a great ice breaker for new employees and a wonderful way for individuals to work together on a non work related project. While bonding with one another and learning more each other, you and your employees can help reduce the amount of waste you create and throw away in your office.
This is a guest post from Carol Wilson who writes for business insurance quotes. She contributes articles about a variety of marketing, business, stock market, small business topics. She can be contacted at: wilson.carol24 @ gmail.com.