Three quarters of office workers in the UK believe their employers could 'do more' to be more environmentally friendly and tackle the climate crisis.
As some workers start to make their way back to the workplace after months of working from home, a study of 2,000 office workers found that 42% actively get frustrated by the lack of consideration for the environment in the workplace.
Four in ten said this was as a result of no one person having responsibility for driving green initiatives in the workplace.
The research, conducted by Go Ultra Low, revealed that despite these frustrations, half of offices have removed the single-use plastics, 45% have introduced energy-saving lightbulbs, and three quarters have installed recycling bins.
However, a third of workers who drive want the option of an electric vehicle as a company car.
Despite these measures, and more than half of office workers claiming to take care to recycle and save energy, a third admitted they are better at being green at home rather than at work.
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: "Everyone is trying to be that little bit eco-friendlier at the moment, but it can be tricky when it's out of your hands.
“Employers have already made positive changes in the workplace to be more environmentally friendly, such as increasing access to recycling and energy saving measures, but it’s evident that their employees are keen for more.
“There are a number of further changes businesses can make to be sustainable, including offering EV charging or switching company cars to EV models.
“These can have multiple benefits, by helping the planet, giving employees a more positive outlook on the company and accessing cost savings due to lower running and maintenance costs for EVs.”
The study also found nearly a third of those polled would like the company they work for to install EV charging points. And 31% would like to see EV carpooling or company cars introduced – given workplaces can access a subsidised scheme to have these installed.
But 39% believe budget constraints are holding back their employer from introducing greener initiatives, although recent changes by the government to Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax could remove this barrier for EVs.
The changes to BIK tax means that EVs incur a 0% tax rate, down from 16%, enabling companies to provide an environmentally friendly company car, while saving money for both themselves and their employees.
Just a quarter of professionals who drive a car knew of these changes, but once made aware nearly half were more likely to consider choosing an EV as a company car.
Nearly three quarters agreed changes to BIK are a good idea to encourage people to switch to an EV, which are kinder to the planet and improves local air quality as they produce no tailpipe emissions.
And 70% thought employers should consider EV company cars as a result, with nearly two-thirds of respondents saying they’d like to drive an EV.
The lower running costs - as low as 1p per mile - (60%) and environmental benefits (53%) were cited as the primary factors that encourage them to drive an EV – according to the OnePoll data.
Poppy Welch added: “There’s so much employers could do to make their businesses more sustainable, but it can be difficult to know where to start – especially when a number of measures require an upfront cost to implement.
“However, some are easier than others and with changes to Benefit-in-Kind taxes, employers and employees can make a financial saving while enhancing their company’s green credentials.
“As we have seen, just 25% of professionals who drive are aware of the changes to BIK.
"Yet, once informed they’re keen for their employers to take advantage of the savings – so they can start driving an EV.
“From their reduced environmental impact to the savings you can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, EVs bring significant benefits.
"Offering EV company cars could be a real game changer for companies, providing a green perk for employees and saving on costs."