The Carbon Trust has called for UK bosses to take control of bottom line wastage, by understanding the minds of employees, as research highlights how UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt behaviours that reduce energy use and waste.
Less than a quarter of UK employees have been asked to help save energy and reduce waste at work, according to new research released today (19 Dec) by the Carbon Trust.
The research shows £300m could be saved through simply encouraging employees to adopt behaviours that reduce energy use and waste.
According to the Carbon Trust one of the biggest opportunities in changing workplace behaviour to deliver annual cost savings is by reducing waste sent to landfill. Cutting landfill waste by only five percent could deliver a saving of £49m, according to the Trust.
The research is included in the report, which provides guidance on how organisations can develop programmes to engage their employees to make green choices, alongside practical solutions to overcome common barriers.
Richard Rugg, Carbon Trust – “Employees are the greatest asset of UK business, but when most of us enter the office, we take far less care to save energy and use resources efficiently than we do at home”
Richard Rugg, managing director of programmes at the Carbon Trust, said: “Employees are the greatest asset of UK business, but when most of us enter the office, we take far less care to save energy and use resources efficiently than we do at home. The good news is that employees are willing to help and by understanding how employees act in the workplace, businesses can unlock significant bottom line savings.”
“But behavioural psychology tells us that just telling employees what to do is not enough. Employers need to understand what motivates or blocks good behaviour to really unlock cost, waste and carbon savings. For example using negative messages can lead to unpredictable results, including the potential for backlash.”
The survey uncovers a number of insights into employee attitudes and behaviour that can be helpful in designing effective campaigns.
Using techniques from behavioural psychology to encourage staff to take simple actions on workplace energy consumption, travel and waste employers can help deliver significant reductions in operational costs and carbon emissions, according to the Carbon Trust.
Adopting these environmental behaviours, alongside changes in commuting to and from the workplace, could also result in cutting the UK’s waste and more than 6m tonnes of carbon dioxide.
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