For every company operating in the modern world, keeping costs down is a high priority, and yet with more and more restrictions and preventative measures we need to keep putting in place, it always ends up ramping up the cost more than anything. So we need to strike a right balance between the two. Some approaches businesses are taking now to save money, such as going up to cloud-based software for storage, are proving really sensible in terms of the tech side. But what about some things you can do for your employees to live green and cut back on your carbon footprint?
Look At The Transport Options
Are your employees all driving in their own cars? Carpooling or ridesharing has become a very popular method to cut back on costs, but this is coming out of your workers’ finances. Another option for you to help your employees with their costs is to purchase bicycles and loan them out to employees once a week to ride home with. It cuts down on emissions, and it is great exercise. Even for those that may not be able to exercise in this way due to health issues, even getting an electric scooter is a viable option. They have no emissions, and you can charge them up easily. Transport is one of the big things you can address to cut back on your impact on the environment as a business.
Encourage Greener Habits
You can accomplish a lot by simply communicating the best working practices to cut back on excessive energy expenditure. One basic approach is turning the monitors off during breaks or whenever an employee is away from their desk. Most computers now have energy saving modes, where the screen will go to sleep when not in use, so you should set them up. At the end of every working day, shutting down and unplugging the computers should be a routine your employees need to get into.
Going for local produce over supermarket items means that you are supporting local farmers and suppliers as well as cutting back on the carbon footprint associated with the importing of items. The cost can be a factor, but if you have one day a week where you supply local produce during the lunchtime period, it is a small thing but a big help. Going one step further, you can have meat-free days, which can be controversial, but if it’s a delicious meal it’ll make the news easier to swallow with regards to meat purists!
Work From Home
If you want to cut back on money as well as your carbon footprint, encourage people to work from home. Although for many, they won’t need much encouragement! The benefits for your company can include a reinvigorated workforce, a much more relaxed group of employees, and with the amount of tech you can use to keep in touch with employees, it has never been easier. To go green, the cost can be a bit upfront, but over time it works out a lot cheaper for your company.