“The blind pursuit of profit at all costs is untenable. It is essential that we make money the right way. After all, if communities suffer as a result of a company’s actions, those returns are not sustainable.”
– Indra K. Nooyi, CEO Pepsico
Earth Day 2018 is the perfect opportunity to green your HR processes. HR demands a great deal from the environment. Besides doing your part to keep our planet healthy, you’ll also get your people excited about working for an organization that wants to be sustainable. One surefire way to keep people motivated is to show that your company is living its values, not just saying it cares.
Here are some highly effective and inexpensive ways to celebrate Earth Day where you work:
- All docs, one place: If you move HR-related materials like training manuals and health insurance documents to an intranet, you’ll reduce the amount of paper that needs to be printed. According to the World Wildlife Fund, paper use can be reduced by at least 20% in most offices.
- Green recruiting: Virtual interviewing is one of the first steps you can take to green your HR practices. By using video conference recruiting and virtual interviews, you can make your organization more environmentally sustainable. If your company does this, it will reduce the carbon emissions connected to business travel.
- How HR can make computers greener: That computer you’re using is made up of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals. When they’re discarded, computers contribute to global warming because they contaminate water and pollute the air we breath. Instead, your organization should buy computers from companies that use recycled components.
- Power down: This tip’s easy to implement and highly effective. All you need to do is program the energy-savings settings and shutdown systems to kick in after work hours. For printers and scanners, keep the cables unplugged until you actually need to use these devices. Also, don’t forget to turn off the lights in your office before leaving.
- Green performance reviews: Tweak your company’s performance appraisal system so that it also rates your people on how much attention they pay to environmental issues during the work day. This will make it crystal call that your company is serious about reducing its carbon footprint
Want a more engaged employee? Celebrate Earth Day every day
Earth Day’s a great idea, but green HR initiatives that involve your people should take place year-round. Your HR team’s ongoing dedication to an eco-friendly workplace will tap into your colleagues’ desire to help the environment. Sure, this will save your company money by lowering energy and waste processing costs. But it will also generate goodwill between your organization and its people.
Being eco-friendly is a requirement for the next generation of workers. A recent study found that one out of every three millennials decide whether to apply for a job based on a company’s reputation for being sustainable. So, can your company afford to not green your HR processes?