By Daniel Hunter
More than half of the UK’s office workers feel they would be happier and more positive at work if the companies they work for were more supportive of their efforts to be green, a national survey has found.
Commissioned as part of Avery Green Office Week, the new research demonstrates that companies who take their environmental responsibilities seriously are far more likely to benefit from a productive, happy and motivated workforce.
Despite the clear link between being green and being happy, 41% of workers said they had previously found themselves in an awkward situation with their bosses in the past simply for trying to positively implement green practices at work.
A further 40% say they would avoid suggesting greener working initiatives because they wouldn’t want to be seen as ‘nagging’, which could reflect badly on their career prospects.
The importance of companies supporting their employees’ environmental efforts doesn’t stop there. One in ten employees go as far as stating they would look for another job if they felt their company’s environmental efforts were not being taken seriously enough.
And, a staggering 60% of workers say they are influenced on whether to apply for a job or not by a company’s environmental credentials, meaning companies who don’t take the environment seriously enough may be missing out on top working talent.
Time for Change
Determined to champion workers and empower them to find a better way to work, Avery Green Office Week 2012 (May 14th-18th) will unite workers across the country in an effort to support their environmental efforts. Bigger and better than ever before, the week will feature a unique Green League with points and prizes for the greenest office workers, a junk modelling competition featuring a Dragon’s Den winner and lots more besides.
There will also be a unique opportunity before the week kicks off to ask your own questions at a special one-off ‘Green Working: Ask the Experts’ Q&A panel during the Business 2012 event at the O2 arena on March 19th.
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