The number of companies seeking to integrate sustainability practices is on the rise. Sustainability programs make positive contributions to organizations both in the short-term and long-term. They can cut costs, improve your company’s reputation, and increase operational efficiency.
Each year brings a new set of innovations that promise to benefit both your profits and the planet. The following are 3 sustainable business trends that you can expect to see with more frequency in 2017.
1. Flexible/remote working
Among the many considerations that businesses make in order to achieve sustainability, one that is commonly overlooked is flexible/remote working. Flexible and remote working initiatives allow people to work from home or another remote location.
Offering flexible/remote work opportunities is important because it helps companies attract and retain talent and enables workers to achieve better work/life balance. Flexible work practices are crucial to sustainability because they decrease the need for commuting, therefore reducing transportation-related pollution. Remote working also allows companies to minimize real estate costs and reduce their environmental impact.
2. Optimize the use of real estate
Telecommuting and the transition to a more mobile workforce have led organizations to reduce the size of their offices and reallocate their workspace to support flexible work. For example, most mobile workers no longer need a permanent workstation and can work at hot desks instead.
More companies are replacing private offices and desks with hot desks, team rooms, collaborative spaces, and benching. This helps to reduce office space and also lowers energy usage, helping to minimize your company’s carbon footprint. Driving down facility size and increasing the density of your workspace not only reduces overhead and your environmental impact – it also drives interaction and social engagement in the workplace.
3. Streamline the meeting booking process
You probably spend a good amount of your workday in meetings, but the length of time you occupy planning and scheduling meetings is probably not something you really consider. The truth is that employees spend a lot of time going back and forth to schedule meetings. Not only does this waste productive time, it also leads to a greater chance of booking errors.
By streamlining the meeting booking process with software, you can minimize the amount of time it takes to find and book a meeting room, order extra services like catering, and determine a meeting time that works for all participants. When you improve the meeting booking process, you eliminate booking errors and prevent meeting rooms from sitting empty and wasting energy. If a meeting is canceled, any extra services you’ve ordered are automatically canceled, so service providers are notified immediately of the cancelation and unnecessary deliveries aren’t made.
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