Staff disappointed by green policies

IT’S NOT JUST the likes of Greenpeace and WWF companies should be trying to impress with their green credentials. According to a new survey of office workers, eight out of 10 Brits are “disappointed” that their company isn’t leading the way with more green initiatives.


What’s more, more than half of the 1,000 workers quizzed as part of Green Office Week, feel they would be happier and more productive at work if the companies they work for were more supportive of their efforts to be green.


In fact, some 41% of office workers said they had previously found themselves in an awkward situation with their bosses simply for trying to positively implement green practices at work. A further 40% say they would avoid suggesting greener working initiatives because they wouldn’t want to be seen as ‘nagging’, which could reflect badly on their career prospects.


Most worrying was the fact that one in 10 said they are actively discouraged from recycling at work by their company, meaning that while the nation happily recycles and conserves energy at home, when getting to work these efforts are undermined.


Green Office Week’s Gregg Corbett said the survey showed that companies not taking take their environmental responsibilities seriously are less likely to benefit from a productive and motivated workforce. He added: “These findings demonstrate that many UK companies still think that they don’t have the time or finances to implement greener working practices into how they operate. This is despite evidence demonstrating that being green can bring real cost-saving and productivity benefits to companies.”

“We spend a third of our lives at work and more than half of UK workers feel they would be noticeably happier and more positive if it was easier for them to be more environmentally friendly. With this in mind, there’s never been a better time for change.”


One in 10 office workers also said they would look for another job if they felt their company’s environmental efforts were not being taken seriously enough.



Plus, a staggering 60% of office workers say they are influenced on whether to apply for a job or not by a company’s environmental credentials, meaning companies who don’t take the environment seriously may be missing out on top working talent.