Going Green to Recruit the Best Talent
Save Your Bottom Line and the Earth
Most people recycle and try to conserve water and electricity at home. However, when people arrive at work, the idea of conservation often disappears. Time magazine reports that offices are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions and more than 70 percent of the total electricity usage in the United States. Idle computers in the business sector alone account for $1 billion spent on electricity each year.
This waste not only hurts the environment, it also hurts your bottom line.
One area that suffers from wasted resources is companies’ ability to recruit qualified employees. Those workers, especially millennials who grew up being more conscious of conservation efforts like recycling, prefer to work for earth-friendly companies. Time magazine reports that one-third of the nation’s employees would rather work for a green company over one that is not environmentally conscious. Half of all workers wish their employer made more of an effort to be kind to the earth.
So, what can you do to ensure that the earth-loving workforce will want to work for you? Below are some easy ways to become more environmentally friendly:
- Purchase office space in a building that meets the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council
- Make minor adjustments to leased spaces such as:
- Building modifications like installing automatic lighting shutoffs and programming computers to power off after being idle for 15 minutes
- Set up bike racks for employees to use, encourage employees to organize car pools and offer hybrid company cars
- Offer paid time off for volunteering and match donations to conservation causes
- Create products (if applicable) that are environmentally friendly
Office buildings across the country use 4.8 billion gallons of water per day. Ambitious companies wishing to save on water usage can swap out older toilets for ones that use eight gallons per flush.
For more ways to save the environment while saving your bottom line, chat with a member of the ‘A’ Team.
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