November 2008

Lack of Incentives Prevent Employees Going Green at Work

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Believe it or not! Lack of incentive and leadership from bosses is causing UK employees to leave their environmental conscience at home, leading to higher energy bills and emissions by companies, according to independent research commissioned by Logicalis.

The survey  of over 1000 employees, undertaken across UK's public and private sector organisations, found that despite a clear understanding of the steps they need to adopt to become more environment friendly. Employees still look towards their employer to lead by example when it comes to being environmentally responsible.

Just under two thirds (62 percent) of staff said their employer should offer incentives for being green in the workplace while 57 percent said they could be encouraged to act greener if their employer 'led by example'.

The survey found that workplace attitudes sit in stark contrast to environmental efforts at home, where an impressive 94 percent of people switch off lights, 85 percent switch off their home Personal Computers (PCs) after use, and over half (54 percent) save energy by regularly using only the minimum amount of water needed when boiling the kettle. Comparatively only 66 percent, 53 percent and less than 10 percent of employees respectively, carry out these simple green practices in the office.

Survey also pointed out that organisations must look to offer incentives to employees to bring their good environmental practice into the workplace. Schemes to promote environmental responsibility must provide either a financial or personal incentive, such as 'energy savings profit sharing or a change in working contracts, to encourage more flexible working practices and a better work life balance. It is never too late to implement a good practice!

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