Eco-Friendly Work Practices
In order to sustain the environment and to prevent wastefulness of certain valuable resources, it is in the best interest of a business to include eco-friendly practices within their day to day operations. By implementing sustainable practice, a company can significantly reduce the amount that it spends on materials needed in order to keep the business running effectively.
Conservation of materials and enforcing the re-use of certain materials such as paper and stationery could save you a lot on the cost of procurement. Certain software, some cloud-based and free, can help you to reduce the amount of paper your office goes through payroll, correspondence and printing.
Recycling has certainly become a more widespread, eco-friendly practice that is absorbed into many businesses and thus also greatly helps the environment. The values of conservation and ‘making-do’ will serve your bottom line well as much as it can serve the planet. Consumption of energy can be greatly reduced by investing in energy efficient equipment and lighting. As a start-up or small business, especially, it might be worth noting that desktop computers use considerably more electricity than laptops. Conserving and reducing your consumption of energy is another area where the interests of business converge with the imperatives of combating climate change.
A good (and for the most part, standard) way for most businesses to boost productivity, lessen the amount of employee sick days is to incorporate a productive environment into the work setting. Most companies have found that the inclusion of modular workstations into the workplace have greatly increased productivity and efficiency. In effect, they minimise the need to move around so much, thus diminishing the amount of time that it takes to complete their job. This effective method of using equipment and devices designed to optimise the well-being of workers and improve quality of interaction between machinery (computers for example) and the human is often referred to as Ergonomics.
The science of ergonomics focuses on the relationship between workers and different types of variables that can affect their productivity such as the work area. The associated technology works to improve work processes where workers and technology are involved. Ergonomic technologies include keyboards, mice and phone consoles. Computer chairs that improve a worker’s posture are also used to this aim.
Starting out in business, with all it involves to get it up and running, as a very costly affair. Embracing new technologies within the ICT sphere makes perfect sense to any business and to a fledgling one in particular. Incorporating cloud computing, and all it has to offer, into your work practice will facilitate increased output and reduction of waste and energy consumption. One such technology, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) has the potential to reduce the cost of calling dramatically compared to traditional phone technology.
It can also facilitate remote or home working. Allowing your employees to work from home will offer greater flexibility to the worker and save on space and equipment taken up in the office. To a start-up business – home working may be the only option when you consider the huge expense of office rental and equipping of said office. Either way, remote working is a way to combat climate change by reducing travel and carbon emissions and VoIP can benefit the company and level off any extraneous costs.
Cloud computing technology is the future of business practice and provides environmentally friendly methods of communication and working. Cloud-based or hosted software dispenses with the need to store the application on your server. Similarly to IP telephony, using hosted software to create a ‘virtual office’ function will allow for working at home or elsewhere.
Storing all of your business data on a cloud server will do away with the need for an expensive on-site one. Servers use a huge amount of electricity to run and time to maintain. As with other cloud or remote solutions – this one can form an important part of any business continuity strategy. Should you and your workforce be unable to access the office due to fire or flood (for example) – you can ensure your data has not been lost and work can continue.
Implementing new technology into your infrastructure will save you money in the long term and get your business future ready.