In today’s world, where our impact on the environment is becoming more pronounced, we need to ensure that we are doing all we can to mitigate the effects of our work. It is not enough to simply buy green products and make sure your children do their schoolwork in environmentally friendly classrooms; we need to actively participate in making positive changes so that we can create a more sustainable future for our environment. Green work can involve everything from reforestation to recycling, but it all adds up when we look at the cumulative effect of all these actions. A small change, done today, can have big implications tomorrow; if you’re part of the workforce or management, learning about how to implement a sustainable approach to the environment at work is essential.
One of the best approaches to sustainable change management at work is to involve your team in decision making about the environment. It is not enough to say that you’re concerned about the environment, you have to show your team that they have a part in making a positive difference. One of the easiest ways of doing this is by encouraging your team to get involved in various events that will directly benefit the environment. Whether it’s planting trees or taking part in an eco-tourism event, your team will be learning about the natural world and will be using their creativity and drive to make a positive impact.
Of course, you’ll still need to ensure that your work is complying with legal requirements – it’s vital that it does not pollute the environment or cause environmental damage, after all. One of the most important aspects of any environmentally conscious strategy is to ensure that all your documents are written, printed and stored in an environment friendly way. It is equally important to make sure that all the equipment you use is as environmentally friendly as possible, so that you are as responsible as possible towards your company’s environment. As well as dealing with the direct effects of the actions you take, another important issue facing your organisation is the indirect effect of your actions: the damage caused by people to the environment and other people. Learning how to reduce your company’s impact on the environment can help you make a real difference to both your business and the environment in general.