Even before the introduction of a sustainability strategy, many factors determine its success. How do you behave yourself, how do you talk about sustainability in the company and how easy do you make it for your employees to give feedback and express their wishes? Find out here how to create a long-term solution, motivate the entire workforce and position your company more sustainably without introducing extra work, bans and regulations.
For a long time, sustainability was a personal issue. Committed private individuals make efforts to reduce their individual emissions, especially in their private everyday lives. This works through new forms of mobility, a different diet or a change in consumer behavior. In the meantime, however, more and more companies are also addressing the issue of sustainability. For good reason:
In a recent survey, 87% of Millennials said they would take a pay cut to work for a sustainable company. And with Millennials set to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, companies need to take action in this area.
In addition to the increase in attractiveness on the applicant:inside market, there are several other advantages:
Like any change, the introduction of a sustainability strategy takes time, a concrete approach and, above all, collaborative motivation. To make things as easy as possible for you, we have put together 7 tips here. They are easy to follow, quick to implement and increase the impact of your measures:
1. make sustainability visible.
Make it clear that you personally and in the company attach importance to sustainability. The scale can go from the decision for sustainable notepads to an adapted canteen offer to the subsidization of a job bike. So there is something for every balance sheet size. The most important thing is never to make decisions without your employees' consent. Engage in dialog and collect feedback.
2. seek the conversation.
A strategy that is implemented in the form of prohibitions, requirements and instructions for action can have serious consequences for your company. Take the time to talk to your employees. Explain what the alternatives are, what the pros and cons are, and which you prefer. Give your employees a say, try to find compromises and create a good environment for everyone involved. Your employees will implement the strategy in the end, be sure they agree with it and are self-motivated.
3. feel your way in.
You don't have to change the entire supply chain, production process and vehicle fleet overnight. Even small changes in your daily actions can make a big difference. For example, you can set up a water dispenser, use sustainably produced coffee, or support your employees in creating a sustainable daily routine.
4. make it simple.
Your employees deliver top performance every day. Do not place an additional burden on them. All measures must be easy and intuitive to implement. If possible, automate or rely on service providers. The easier your strategy is to implement, the higher the participation and the greater the impact. As you saw in point three, you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
5 Reward engagement
Reward your employees for sustainable decisions. An ideal way to do this is through coupons, benefit platforms or subsidizing sustainable alternatives such as a bicycle allowance.
6. celebrate successes.
When your company has reached certain milestones, such as saving 10,000 sheets of paper, 1,000 drinking bottles, or 100 tons of CO2, celebrate! Show that it's a community success and that everyone has contributed. Let everyone know that you are always open to new ideas and always have an open ear.
7. talk about it further.
Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. Make sure you keep employees informed of progress, new initiatives and opportunities for involvement. Pay attention to feedback, requests and suggestions. This will ensure that everyone stays engaged and committed to your company's goals.
Sustainability only succeeds as a community. In companies in particular, it is especially important to take into account the various interests. Instead of regulations and prohibitions, the sustainability strategy must be seen as a voluntary, simple and desirable change. The benefits must be apparent to all involved.
Do not neglect the potential of a sustainability strategy. In addition to a positive contribution to nature and the environment, the benefits range from motivated employees and a clear differentiation from the competition to increased attractiveness for young professionals. If you have any questions regarding the introduction of an employee benefit platform, please do not hesitate to contact us! More than 300 companies already trust in our ESG Employee Engagement Platform. Book a free initial consultation here and learn more about FutureBens
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