Study Shows How Going “Green” Can Improve Workforce Productivity

Employers of all sizes can boost their workforce’s productivity by 16% if they adopt a “green” philosophy in their working practices and strategies.  A UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are 16% more productive than employees of companies that do not adopt such practices.  A link to the UCLA Newsroom can be clicked here to find out more.  Examples of going green include cutting down on paper use, minimising electrical energy use and utilising sustainable energy sources.

The study concludes that companies that adopt “green” attitudes:

  • Increase revenue through productivity.
  • Have highly motivated staff
  • Benefit from better staff relationships.

The findings reflect a change in attitudes of employees, according to Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, who states:

"When you talk now to M.B.A. students, there's a big change in the way they look at their future job," she said. "They don't want to work just to make money. They also want to make a difference. There's a little more social consciousness than there was before."

Here are 12 Easy Ways Employees Can 'Green' the Office provided by Business News Daily to get you started. (Click the link to see them)

Promoting the benefits of how you are a “green business” to staff is essential; making sure they know that you are implementing these green strategies and making a difference to the environment.

2 ways you can be greener in your employees wash room!

1. Get rid of the paper towels!

We have written on this topic numerous times (click here to view an example) about the environmental impact paper towels have.  Not only this, they cost a hell of a lot more annually than high speed, energy efficient hand dryers.

As an example:

  • Staff: 200
  • Current method of hand drying: Paper Towels
  • Type of facility: Office
  • Number of hand dryers required: 4 eXtremeAir GXT hand dryers

It would cost on average £2047.50 a year in paper towels to the company.
If replaced it would cost just £128.70 a year to run the 4 eXtremeAir GXT; saving £1,918.80 a year.

The environmental impact:

Switching would save a massive 4685.85 kilos of CO2 per year, significantly reducing the employer’s carbon footprint.

Please see the cost calculator on any of our energy efficient hand dryers to work out a more accurate figure for your own facility by clicking here

2. Swap conventional, high energy, slow drying hand dryers for high speed, energy efficient ones

Slow drying, conventional hand dryers tend to relay on heat to dry the hands.  These have slower motors and the heater element increases the energy used per dry significantly.  On average a conventional heated airflow hand dryer will use around 40W of energy per dry.  A high speed, energy efficient hand dryer uses as little as 2 – 5W per dry.

In the above example:

It would cost on average £491.40 a year to run conventional hand dryers.
If replaced it would cost just £128.70 a year to run the 4 eXtremeAir GXT; saving £362.70 a year.

The environmental impact:

Switching would save 737.1 kilos of CO2 per year, significantly reducing the employer’s carbon footprint.

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