As a part of a business you are naturally working alongside colleagues, some of which may share your ambitions for a greener lifestyle, and some who may need an incentive to do so. We’ve put together some ideas to give your employees incentives to go green, to reduce the footprint of your business and improve their lives!
Cycle to work schemes
The government’s cycle-to-work scheme is an easy start, as it allows your employees to pay for their bicycle over a year without any interest, and avoid paying any tax on their bicycle, accessories or clothing! This means that a £500 investment could save you £125 after paying your equipment off for 4 years. This is a great way to encourage your employees to be healthier, reduce their environmental footprint and have an incentive from their employer!
Incentives in the workplace
Incentives in the workplace can be drivers for employees to reduce their environmental footprint from a variety of activities in the workplace, such as:
- Reducing waste and placing a focus on recycling
- Energy saving throughout the day
- Measurable positive actions such as printing less, dimming screens and producing less waste.
- Improving the company’s supply chain to reduce water use and CO2 emissions.
While these incentives may appeal to some employees and may engage without any form of reward, the human brain is wired to want some form of recompense, which can be introduced in many ways.
Financial rewards can be introduced, linking environmental performance to the compensation every employee receives, effectively turning the company’s sustainability goals into a part of everyone’s job. This type of incentive was introduced by chip manufacturing giant Intel, who saw emissions go down by 35% on an absolute basis.
Another system to offer incentives can be via a points system, which allows employees to donate to a charity based on how many points they have accrued. While the effectiveness of a system like this may vary from one workplace to another, its success can have positive repercussions beyond your workplace by contributing to charities striving for environmental sustainability.
At work and at home
Though these incentives may only affect the time your employees spend at work, what is learnt and incentivised may make its way even further, into the homes, social circles and leisure times of your employees, making the impact of your green incentives go beyond the workplace. Not only will this contribute to the ethos of your company, but will drive employee engagement, job satisfaction and, of course, a reduction in people’s environmental footprint!
These green incentives will help your business achieve green goals, as well as giving your employees a goal to work towards as a team with group and individual incentives. The benefits of this will also go beyond the workplace, hopefully helping your employees lead greener and healthier lifestyles.