Doing your bit to help the environment doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. By making a few small changes to the way you run your business, you could help reduce your environmental impact and even increase productivity while you’re at it. Here’s how:
Encourage remote work
Not everybody needs to be in the office every day. Cut out the commute and cut down on your carbon footprint by encouraging employees to work from home on occasion, schedule permitting of course. Remote work has also been proven to increase productivity, and it’s high on the workplace wish-list for millennials.
Use energy saving settings
Most office electronics have an energy-saving mode — from printers, to computers, to meeting-room projectors like our Ultra Short Throw range. If equipment tends to get left on near-permanently in your workplace, these settings can really help to reduce your environmental impact — and your electric bill. You can also go a step further, and switch everything off at the wall before leaving for the night.
We shouldn’t still need to be saying this in 2017, but the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year, so it’s worth repeating. Not everything needs printing out, and most of the documents distributed in meetings are only looked at for ten minutes. If you need to share a document with others, collaborative wifi-connected devices like our Interactive Flat Panel Displays are a much more efficient alternative. Bring your notes up on the screen, and allow others to contribute throughout the meeting. As a bonus, this encourages active involvement, which boosts engagement and knowledge retention.
Choose conference calls
External meetings can be expensive, time-consuming, and use a lot of fuel. By arranging weekly or monthly conference calls, and arranging to travel for face-to-face meetings only once per quarter, you can cut wasted time, travel expenses and carbon emissions. Of course, a conference call isn’t always the perfect substitute for a meeting, but often enough it will suffice.
New coffee, new cups
From coffee capsules to disposable cups, drink-making facilities can produce a lot of waste. Encourage employees to fill glasses or reusable bottles at the water cooler, and swap out disposable coffee capsules for a cafetiere or bean-to-cup coffee machine. In addition to cutting down on waste, this is also likely to save you money in the long run.
Whether you’re buying lunch for a client meeting, or sourcing milk and coffee, try buying local where possible. This helps the local economy as well as the environment, and in some places, can even open up new networking opportunities — many cities have local purchasing initiatives that encourage independent businesses to source supplies from each other.
Sign documents online
Getting documents signed manually is not always an easy process. Print, sign, scan, send; print, sign, scan, send, print. That’s without the inevitable delays, where one party forgets, or loses the email, or can’t get the scanner to work.
While these actions may seem small, they all add up — and protecting the environment is a process that we can all be part of. As these green practices can also increase productivity and save your business money, what’s not to love?