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How Can HR Help a Company Go Green? 

IntegrityHR has recently implemented many “green” business practices. This got me wondering what others were doing. I was talking to a group of fellow HR professionals over coffee the other day and the topic of “going green” came up. We all wanted to do our share to help our respective businesses cut energy costs, initiate recycling programs, and reduce waste. The question we all asked was how could we implement green initiatives without breaking the bank? I did a little research and found that HR folks can help their companies go green and save money while saving the environment!

By the way, did you know that going green can be a way to increase employee motivation?  Many employees feel much better about where they work when they know their company is taking positive environmental steps, especially when they can be actively involved.

Here are some easy – and inexpensive – tips to make your workplace not only more environmentally friendly, but also more employee friendly.

Use Energy-Saving Techniques – Set thermostats on 70 degrees and keep them there all year long. Moving the thermostat up and down to accommodate hot and cold employees will only add to your energy costs. You can relax your dress code policy and encourage employees to bring a sweater for colder days as well as compensation incentives.

Every workplace can be a green workplace – or at least a little bit better than it is now. It just takes a little effort and creativity.  What is your employer doing to reduce its impact on the environment?  Leave us a comment below and tell us!

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about the author: Amy Letke

Amy Newbanks Letke, SPHR, GPHR, is the Founder of Integrity HR, Inc. Amy provides workplace solutions to improve performance, reduce liability and increase profits. She is passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success.

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  • Laura Rhoad

    commented on May 31, 2010 at 9:02 am

    By scanning documents to each other rather than making copies, saves a lot of paper and trees. Some people don’t even look at endless copies of reports, emailing it makes it easy and green.