SO, WHAT IS A SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE
A sustainable workplace established the goal of balancing the planet, people, and profit to produce success and viability in the long-term. What this means is a business will be regarded as unsustainable if it fails to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of its most cherished asset-employees.
A sustainable and healthy workplace produces happier and more motivated workers, which eventually increases employee productivity and fewer work-related hazards, illnesses, and mishaps. This is fundamental to boosting the overall revenue and reputation of the organization.
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WAYS TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Given the significant rise of global warming and the general environmental deterioration over the last years -in which the corporate world has admittedly played an important role- it makes sense that companies are now shifting their focus more and more on sustainability.
Sustainability might sound like a long process to commit to and it does require several changes, but the outcomes speak for themselves. At the end of the day, it is about more than just improving your bottom line. It means helping out the organization, the environment, and those who live in it.
Sustainable workplace practices can be roughly defined as those that minimize their negative impact on the environment and reduce the waste of resources. In other words, a sustainable workplace focuses on balancing the planet, people, and profit to produce long-term success. This also includes protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the employees, besides protecting the environment.
What are the best practices and ways to make your organization or office more sustainable?
Energy & Water Conservation:Saving energy and water is actually one of the most effective ways to work toward sustainability. Automatic light switches, smart power strips, and LED light bulbs on the one hand, and low-flow toilets and faucets on the other hand are just some examples of sustainable practices that can save the organization money while also being eco-friendly.
Paperless:Paper is another important resource. With the current environmental crisis, it is important to reduce paper waste. That can of course easily be done by minimizing paperwork and switching to a digital system.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:An office can be more sustainable by simply reducing waste in the form of any disposable and single-use products such as plates, cups, coffee pods, etc. Opting for reusable alternatives is the right way to go, both cost-wise and environmentally-wise.
At the same time, recycling is a keyword when speaking about sustainability, and it can be promoted in any eco-friendly workplace by placing different bins for paper recycling, glass, compost and electronic waste and encouraging the employees to use them properly.
Carbon Footprint:Reducing the organization’s carbon footprint is an important step to protect the environment. Rewarding employees for walking or biking to work, or switching to a renewable energy source are just a couple of examples of such initiatives.
Plants:Who doesn’t enjoy working in a beautiful, green environment? Something as simple as placing plants around the office can make the office more appealing and cozier while also reducing air pollution, as they take in carbon dioxide and emit oxygen. Not to mention that they can also improve employee happiness and productivity.
Employee Engagement:Employees are always an organization’s most valuable asset, and sustainability is no exception. Companies should engage their employees to participate and to be sustainable themselves.
Give Back:Last but not least, it is important to give back to the community and the environment. Volunteering, raising money for environmental causes, organizing charity events and fundraisers, or participating in community service projects can highlight the company’s commitment to sustainability and helping the environment.
SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACES WE DELIVERED
As services we aim, Sustainable Design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment, and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The basic objectives of sustainability are to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, and create healthy, productive environments.
Sustainable design principles include the ability to:
- Optimize site potential;
- Minimize non-renewable energy consumption;
- Use environmentally preferable products;
- Protect and conserve water;
- Enhance indoor environmental quality; and
- optimize operational and maintenance practices.
These capabilities will allow our clients to meet their ambitious targets for Sustainability Ambitions 2030.
- Novo Nordisk
For the years, we have been helping many of the companies to determind, design and deliver office fit-out and refurblishment projects, creating workplaces that empower staffs and grow businesses.