Research released by British Gas shows that 59 per cent of 19-25 year olds are interested in working in the green economy and more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of them say they recognise the importance of the green economy to the UK’s growth over the next 10 years.
So, if you are looking to attract workers from this age sector, it pays to put some thought into how ‘green’ your business is.
Some helpful tips include:
- Turning down the heating or air conditioning in your office. Even adjusting the thermostat by one degree can make a difference to your energy consumption.
- Printing less. You may have noticed a lot of ‘environmentally conscious’ messages on email signatures lately – this is because printing less really does help cut down the resources used in business. If you have to print, use recycled paper.
- Meet without moving – try videoconferencing or conference calls instead of travelling to meetings. Not only will you save yourself money and hassle, you’ll have an impact on pollution levels in your area.
Leading on from the idea of reducing transport emissions is the concept of flexi- or home-working, the ultimate way to reduce commuting costs, financial and environmental. Studies have shown that if 32 million Americans who could work from home did so at least one day a week, 74 million gallons of fuel could be saved.
If working from home isn’t for you, there are still ways to tap into its environmental benefits, and number one is by outsourcing. By using an outsourced or ‘virtual’ admin service, your business will benefit from:
- Requiring less office space and subsequent costs like heating and electricity.
- Remote communication – email, telephone, and videoconferencing rather than in-person meetings or paper post.