Here’s How To Go Green At The Office
However, the firm, which claims to be the UK’s largest online broker of commercial office space, is looking at management to take the lead and adopt a strategic approach to creating a more sustainable working environment.
Managing director Jim Venables said: “When it comes to going green in the office, business managers need to take the lead and adopt a strategic approach.
“There is extensive advice and support available to businesses and we have found that businesses whose employees have embraced environmentally friendly working practices have enjoyed considerable benefits including reduced costs and a closer, communicative workforce.”
He added: “Certainly from speaking to our customers, it seems that those companies which have put strategic ‘green’ plans in place have been pleasantly surprised by employees’ willingness to support such initiatives.”
The company, founded five years ago by Mr Venables and Andy Haywood, has drawn up a list for businesses looking to create a sustainable office and working environment:
- When looking for new office space, consider offices which have been designed with sustainability in mind
- Ask any potential new office space provider what environmental policies they have in place
- Discuss sustainability with your existing landlord and, if you are looking to develop your own green strategy, suggest working together with them and other tenants to share costs and create greater awareness
- Having made the decision to ‘go green’ adopt a strategic approach, choosing an office champion to lead the initiative or setting up a ‘green’ taskforce to implement policies
throughout your organisation
- Good communication is key to getting everyone on board – explain why, how and what you intend to do and when you plan to implement it – and keep communicating
- Research sustainable practices across all areas of your business from purchasing to transport, technology to telecommunications
- Work closely with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders to ensure they are all fully aware of your strategy