Can going green impact your bottom line?
As demand for environmentally-responsible products and services increases, more and more businesses are looking for ways to get a piece of the action and make a positive impact. You might be wondering whether or not going green is a beneficial or even feasible option for your office.
But you don’t have to be LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council to make a difference! Here are some environmentally-friendly office tips and some of the pros that come in tandem with implementing them:
1. Impress prospective employees
With the growing interest in eco-conscious living and working, being able to claim environmental responsibility as a core value and an everyday practice can help you gain interest from a wider array of prospects who share these values.
Set up a recycling program in the office so potential employees understand right off the bat how important it is to your company. Ask your team to recycle their plastic or glass bottles, and be sure to set multiple bins around the office near each trash can. Encourage your employees to double-side print, or flip their used sheets of paper over and use the other side for notes or meeting agendas, and recycle when they’re done with them. Every little bit makes a difference in your company’s carbon footprint, and you’ll save on supplies.
2. Interest more customers in your product or service
If your office works hard to stand out while providing products or services, proudly going green can be just the competitive edge you’re looking for. While environmentally-friendly businesses won’t deter potential customers, they certainly can help attract the interest of a subset of prospects who prioritize companies that are conscious of their footprint. Making your mark in a positive manner and supporting the Earth can earn respect for your business.
One way to impress your customers is to share with them your mission to reduce your use of paper. It’s easy to host paperless meetings by using programs like Google Drive or Sketch, a large marker board which will keep your entire team on the same page. Literally. When your prospects know that you’re serious about conservation, they’ll have even more reason to support your brand.
3. Save money
Some offices can actually save money thanks to their eco-friendly practices. For example, many companies decide to install solar panels to run their power grid. Panels can be a hefty investment up front but they end up paying for themselves in the long run by providing cheap energy produced through the sun’s rays, while also reducing your carbon footprint. And if you run a large business, the figures really start to add up.
4. Enjoy the personal satisfaction of being responsible
There’s just something about knowing you’ve made a difference in this world. And by going green, you’re not only attempting to make a difference for yourself, but generations to come. Environmental responsibility can also help motivate your company to continue to do better and make a difference in all sorts of positive ways.
Want to take it to the next level? Consider streamlining and downsizing your office to reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll use less materials, and if you opt for a smaller but more efficiently-designed space, you’ll save on heating and cooling while contributing less pollution to the world around you. It sounds a bit daunting, but you’d be surprised at how much room you can get out of a smaller space when you custom design your office area.
No matter how you choose to design your office, getting started is easier than you think
When you want an office space that works for you and your employees – whether going green is a priority or not – making a phone call to one single point of contact is a lot easier than trying to coordinate the project alone. And regardless of whether you’re looking to replace a particular piece of furniture or execute a complete workplace redesign, we’ll guide you through the entire process. Ready to get started? Contact us today!