Everywhere you turn, something or someone is being promoted as “environmentally friendly.” U.S. employers are no different; they’re jumping into all kinds of green practices in a bid to improve their public images, boost employee morale/loyalty and potentially cut costs.
Half of HR professionals now say their organizations have formal or informal policies on environmental responsibility, says a Society for Human Resource (SHRM) survey (see box).
Best bet: Pitch your initiatives to higher-ups in small, realistic bites that focus on saving money and boosting staff loyalty. Avoid large action plans that could get shot down as expensive or too cumbersome.
Here are the top 10 green practices, in order, being used in U.S. organizations today, according to SHRM:
1. Encourage employees to be more environmentally friendly (e.g., making double-sided photocopies, lowering blinds in summer to conserve energy, turning off idle computers, etc.).
2. Offer a recycling program for office products (e.g., paper, plastic, cans and glass).
3. Donate used office furniture and equipment to charities or employees. One option: Set up a “re-use area” where employees can take unneeded supplies/materials rather than throw them out. Then, encourage co-workers to “shop” there.
4. Use energy-efficient lighting equipment (occupancy sensors, Energy Star equipment) and water-conserving plumbing fixtures (faucet aerators, low-flow toilets).
5. Install automatic shut-off sensors on equipment.
6. Buy or lease refurbished goods, such as toner cartridges, copiers, retread tires, etc.
7. Promote walking, biking and the use of public transit.
8. Partner with suppliers and companies that are environmentally friendly.
9. Minimize your organization’s pollution and waste output.
10. Participate in (or sponsor) community events to improve the environment, such as plant-a-tree days and fundraisers.
Note: Don’t expect that your go-for-the-green efforts will automatically spark recruiting and retention miracles. In the SHRM survey, only 3% of HR pros said environmental programs sparked improved recruitment and retention.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/4478/10-things-hr-can-do-to-help-their-companies-go-green "