How to get your staff on an Energy Efficient Drive
Your interest to lower your office’s energy consumption might not stem from a passion to save the planet, but it’s still a smart move. With rising costs in energy, production and raw materials, being an efficient business can have the preferred effect on your bottom line.
However, lowering your expenditure on utilities isn’t as easy as switching off a light, and cutting back on office luxuries won’t make your employees happy. But there’s still a solution: your employees. As they’re the majority who use the company’s resources, getting them on an energy efficient drive can prove to be a cost saving plan that can also boost morale. Here’s how you can do it.
Gather everyone together and speak about your plan to lower the use of power in and around the office. Establish a goal for the month, as well as objectives for the following three and the entire year. This will depend on your staff numbers.
Very little puts people on a drive than the mere thought of being rewarded for their efforts. Once you’ve established your goals, inform your staff about the different incentives on offer. For example, you can have end of month awards where you honour departments and individuals making a conscious effort to use as little power as possible. These could come in the form of free lunches, or even days off.
If award departments, you could see more people taking part, as colleagues edge each other to do their part in order for the team to win. This could also be a good team building exercise.
Just telling people to use as little power as possible won’t work. Rather give employees ways to do so. For example, you can encourage less paper printing and more use of emails. You can also award staff who don’t charge their phones at work, or leave their computers off when they leave for home.
Apart from these ideas, your business should also consider buying indoor and outdoor water fountains, and encourage people to drink more cold refreshing H2O. This will lessen the amount of people who drink coffee or tea, which lower the amount of times the kettle is used.
What’s more, only documents that need to be torn should be taken to the shredder, while miscellaneous items can be thrown into the bin. You should consider creating designated disposal areas for paper, plastic and non-recyclables. Companies that go on a recycling drive might just be up for tax kickbacks.