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  • Are Green Employees Better

    1. 1. Are Greener Employees Better for your Business ?
    2. 2. Discussion and Presentations <ul><li>Presentation- Are Greener Employees Better? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion- What are we doing to encourage employees to be green at work and at home? </li></ul><ul><li>Resources, programs and services </li></ul>
    3. 3. Are Greener Employees Better? <ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they more productive? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they more efficient? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they healthier? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they more effective managers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they happier? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If the answer to any one these is YES, then, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What can we be doing to encourage employees to be greener in the workplace and at home? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What We Are Talking About
    5. 5. Greener Lifestyles <ul><li>Energy efficient </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves money utilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fewer toxic chemicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Green cleaning, low VOC paints, off gassing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less trash/more recycling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knows about household hazardous waste </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resource efficient </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchases less stuff/purchases used stuff </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Green Life Style Benefits <ul><li>Saves Money </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Health Impacts of VOC and OZONE. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer headaches, respiratory issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More refreshed feeling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Better Quality Sleep </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart healthy, reduces cancer, weight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better memory, less depression, better recovery (in all respects) </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Green Worker Benefits <ul><li>Understands benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for bottom line </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follows protocols because green is not optional </li></ul><ul><li>Confident in company green strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Confident in peer group </li></ul>
    8. 8. What the Employees Thought <ul><li>Logicalis Survey </li></ul><ul><li>62% employer should provide green incentives to employees; </li></ul><ul><li>57% could be greener, if asked to be; </li></ul><ul><li>43% believe employer pays lip service to environmental issues; </li></ul>
    9. 9. What the Employees Thought <ul><li>Logicalis Survey </li></ul><ul><li>49% employer wastes energy; </li></ul><ul><li>45% employer needs new schemes to reduce waste; </li></ul><ul><li>37% welcome training. </li></ul><ul><li>81%-92% of Americans prefer working for a company with a good environmental responsibility reputation.  (Ipsos Morri and MonsterTrack) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Conclusions <ul><li>Employee health improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Employee functionality improvements </li></ul><ul><li>“Green” is important to employees </li></ul><ul><li>Employees want to be confident employer is not wasteful </li></ul>
    11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>Employees need to feel protected </li></ul><ul><li>Employees need to know and understand decisions employer makes. </li></ul><ul><li>Green initiatives can help retain and motivate key talent. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Question 1 <ul><li>Did your company do anything special for Earth month? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Question 2 <ul><li>Does your company have green benefits? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commuter transit benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light bulb give away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green home working day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green service day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for home </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Question 3 <ul><li>How does your business communicate about its green initiatives with employees? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Union newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch room display </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signage within workplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Question 4 <ul><li>Are green actions encouraged or required? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much is automated (lights on sensors) and how much is decision based (recycling in break room)? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How is correct decision-making reinforced? </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Question 5 <ul><li>Who is responsible for greening employees? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other function that undertakes greening: environmental health managers, facility managers, operations. </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. GREEN HR BENEFITS <ul><li>“ Green HR initiatives are in bloom” according to the Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association </li></ul><ul><li>100 percent offer in-office recycling </li></ul><ul><li>73 percent offer mass transit incentives; </li></ul><ul><li>46 percent offer car pooling incentives; </li></ul><ul><li>45 percent offer flextime </li></ul><ul><li>27 percent offer incentives for alternative fuel vehicles </li></ul>
    18. 18. GREEN HR BENEFITS <ul><li>Employer Assisted Housing $5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Reward for buying car that gets 45 mpg $2,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Giveaways like re-useable bags </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness and fitness programs </li></ul><ul><li>Locked bicycle parking, showers, locker room. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Green HR Benefits <ul><li>Employee stipend of $300 per year to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs and improved energy-efficient windows. </li></ul><ul><li>Employee stipend of $1000 per year toward a solar hot-water system, solar PV panels and a wind turbine or a wood-pellet furnace. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Green HR Benefits <ul><li>Employee challenges; commuter challenge, carpool challenge, paper saving challenge, safety challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>Offsets to remain carbon neutral </li></ul>
    21. 21. Green Working Holiday <ul><li>Employees are given day to green home with kit of cleaning products, weatherization tools and light bulbs (kit cost is $50). Must provide documentation and Hr hosts contest. </li></ul><ul><li>Employee is given a sustainable gift and attends educational programs before eating a free lunch. This can be followed by cleaning or volunteer effort—like painting school with low VOC products. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Leaders <ul><li>King Arthur-recognized by Wall Street Journal as one the top small Workplaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>green teams aligned with the company’s values, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>identified significant cost savings through its recycling programs, waste and energy reductions, and use of green cleaning products.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees knew where to find savings and how to effect the changes they recommended. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stewardship 101 classes that tackle work-related issues as well as help employees reduce their personal environmental impact. One example is a home-efficiency class that helps employees to reduce their energy use.   </li></ul></ul>