SURVIVE AND THRIVE: Sustainability when working from home

Heart of the City | 30 October 2020 | News
SURVIVE AND THRIVE: Sustainability when working from home

The pandemic has had a huge impact on the ways we’re working. Businesses have had to change the way they approach challenges, including talking about sustainability. So, for this week’s Survive and Thrive session we talked about engaging staff on sustainability when working from home.

We were joined by Jonathan Withey, Head of Business Development at The Planet Mark. He talked us through homeworking sustainability, environmentally friendly working from home guidelines and how sustainable home working is great for staff engagement and good business.

We’ve shared our top five tips from the session:

  1. Develop a policy for energy efficiency. With staff working from home and winter energy bills increasing, businesses will see an indirect impact on their carbon footprint. To reduce this, you could help your employees to reduce their energy bills through switching to a renewable energy provider, draft proofing and turning off appliances fully.
  2. IT teams should look at the equipment they gave to staff when working from home began. Are there ways to help them work better and use more energy efficient equipment? Encourage employees to update their settings to energy saving modes for laptops, computers and printers.
  3. Maintain a culture of sustainability. Engage with your employees through virtual workshops and events that will encourage people to keep sustainable working going, even at home.
  4. Tell powerful stories about what your company is doing to boost morale. You could run a Do Nation Campaign focused on homes which will indirectly reduce the organisations carbon footprint.
  5. Encourage your employees to keep saving! They can claim tax relief here of up to£26 a month they’re working from home.

The home worker package 

Check out The Planet Mark’s upcoming events and their online, interactive home worker package which they’ve have developed to help employees reduce their impact.

Don’t miss our next Survive and Thrive session!

Join our next Survive and Thrive webinar on 3 November. We’ve teamed up with the Institute of Directors City for the Autumn series, and in this session we’ll be talking about leading with paradoxes with Heads Up HR. Heart of the City members can sign up here.

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