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Advantages of a Sustainable Workplace
Today, many people among us are getting increasingly environmentally conscious, and we are adopting ‘greener’ methods of living and committing personally to reduce the carbon footprint. Beyond personal level, several businesses have followed suit and committed themselves to sustainability, in order to curb the overall ecological impact of human actions.
The practices that aid energy conservation and environment protection at our homes are equally important for our offices as well. Let’s discuss three benefits of a sustainable office environment:
At the outset, a business may perceive efforts in the direction of sustainability as being expensive. However, in reality, executing environmentally favourable practices, more often than not, ends up in cost savings.
For instance, one of the largest expenditures for any business occurs due to its energy consumption. This cost is an ever-growing one with constantly mounting electricity expenditure. Hence, it is getting more and more expensive to maintain the temperature of your office building, and to supply power for all the electrical and electronic equipments installed in your workplace.
A sustainable workplace considers thermal mass of your office premises. You could install a sustainable carpet, which while being fit for purpose, trendy and complimentary to your office design, cuts down on electricity bills. There is a range of options available in sustainable flooring, making it possible to go for ecologically friendly floor covers that are durable, look stylish and maximise the comfort of your employees.
2. Workforce Motivation
A sustainable office space can aid boosting the morale of your staff and instil an element of pride in your business. Though this may seem obscure at first, studies indicate that most employees enjoy being a part of such an environmental commitment shared by individuals at all levels in your organisation. Themes such as ‘sustainability’ and ‘going green’ allow your staff to contribute towards the environment and your business, and hence work collaboratively, irrespective of their position.
In fact, nowadays it’s common for highly qualified, cream of the crop candidates to consciously choose working with environmentally cognisant businesses that show genuine commitment towards sustainability. Individuals, to a greater extent, seek to work in companies that share their personal values and express conviction to transform their vision into action.
3. Creation of a Healthier Habitat
Businesses committed to sustainability not only contribute towards a better environment, but also towards better human health and overall well-being. There are several toxic materials commonly used in offices, such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in paints, adhesives and fasteners, which cause nasty impact on the environment and living beings.
If you choose to go for sustainable products, those causing minimal impact on the environment due to their manufacturing process or usage, you will accomplish creating a far healthier workplace for your employees. A genuinely committed sustainable organisation will make sure that neither its actions, nor the materials and processes it employs are detrimental to the environment at any level.
Environmental protection is a vital benefit of a sustainable workplace, but other major advantages include enhancing your business image, creating a positive impact on your clients and ensuing health benefits for your staff.