New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for individuals; they can be a great way to get all of your employees or coworkers on board with improving your business and work environment. One great resolution for your business to make this year is to start a “green” initiative in the office.
Why Go Green?
So your first question is probably, “Why would I want to do this anyways?” After all, it’s not going to make your business any money, right? Actually, that may not be true. Studies have shown that consumers are more likely to do business with companies that are actively involved in improving their communities, and this includes businesses that have “gone green” in an effort to help protect the environment.
Plus, if you put the right initiatives in place, you can save funds by cutting back on your company’s consumption of paper goods and other such products. It may seem like a small difference, but over time, these little savings can add up, letting your business keep more money in the bank every month.
How to Do It
So now that you understand why going green is beneficial for your business, let’s talk about how to start a green campaign in your office. First and foremost, if you’re not the company’s big decisions maker, talk to the person or people who are and get them on board with the idea. Next, you’ll want to form a committee of employees to head up the campaign. These will be the people who set out the recycling bins and perform other such tasks to get the campaign going.
Once you have your committee together, it’s time to make a game plan. What sorts of initiatives would you like to put in place? A recycling program is usually a great first step, so find out what you need to do to get recycling bins in your office, and let employees know that these bins are now available. You can encourage their use by kicking the campaign off with a little competition either between individual employees or between departments.
Already have a recycling program running? Take it a step further by encouraging employees to use fewer paper products. This can include office paper as well as paper cups and plates from the breakroom. Look into giving employees company-branded cups or mugs that they can keep on their desks. This will keep them from getting a new cup every time they need a drink.
If you’re really looking to create an environmentally-friendly office, then consider starting a paperless campaign that will entirely eliminate that wasteful office paper from your business. Not only is this great for the environment, but it can save your company money on paper, ink, toner, folders, and storage costs for paper documents.
Document management software like eFileCabinet can help you make the switch and make this resolution a reality. Implementing a DMS in your office takes some time and preparation, so it’s a great resolution to start in on at the beginning of the year. You’ll need to formulate a plan for switching your existing paper document to a digital format, as well as train employees for entering data digitally moving forward.
Though it is a rather lengthy process, going paperless is the best way to create a “green” office while benefiting your business at the same time. If you need a little help getting started on this resolution, just fill out the form on this page, we’ll help you make the switch to a paperless office. With eFileCabinet, it’s easy being green.