To finale our Avery Green Office Week theme, we have been given access to a range of office survey results which we at Office 365 found fascinating! As inspiration to make those vital changes to the way your office is run, we thought we’d share these shocking findings!
A OnePoll survey of 1,000 office workers, commissioned as part of Green Office Week, has revealed that over eighty percent of individuals in the UK would like to see the businesses they work for do more for the environment! So despite employee backing, many businesses are still dragging their feet in terms of eco-friendliness, even though it would in fact save them a penny or two!
Despite the increasing importance for companies and organisations to adopt green policies, forty percent of office workers would still not rate their company as environmentally-friendly and less than thirty percent feel they are encouraged to implement green practices at work.
Two of the biggest factors which hold businesses back are not having anyone specifically allocated to environmental issues (34%) and a lack of specialist green facilities and equipment (33%). Being too busy and lacking the time to be green was also a common complaint with nearly twenty percent of individuals highlighting that it has an impact on their environmental efforts. Despite this, over sixty percent said they would be happier if their workplace was seen to be more environmentally-friendly. To employ someone to take care of your environmental impact, or to assign the job to existing staff would not be hugely costly and in all fact would save your money in the long run! Aside from this, to be able to market your company and one which runs in an economical and environmentally friendly way is actually a big selling point; you could find your business increasing once your spread the word!
The survey also revealed that small businesses are lagging behind larger organisations when it comes to encouraging green practices. Individuals working at companies with more than 250 employees say they are twice as likely (40%) to be encouraged to be green at work than employees at smaller companies (21%), this is despite the cost-saving and efficiency benefits on offer to businesses adopting greener working practices.
The survey found many interesting facts such as 41% of individuals admitted to needlessly throwing away paper, 39% printed things that do not need to be printed and 22% leave electrical devices on standby. The aim of the Green Office Week is to encourage and empower individuals across the UK to make these small, easy and practical changes to their daily work routine.
During the week we have discovered some of the innovative solutions which can help us all to be greener at work. We highly recommend Avery Recycled Labels and Recycled Dividers, the Avery DTR Eco desktop accessory range and unique BlockOUT™ Labels which allow files, envelopes, and packaging to be re-used rather than thrown away! Right now we have most of these products on a BOGOF offer or 3-for-2, so take advantage while stocks last!
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