5 Business Strategies to Boost Productivity and Reduce Carbon EmissionsApril 29th, 2010 by Julie Urlaub
In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, a summary of best practices was issued regarding conceptual ways to reduce carbon emissions while simultaneously boosting productivity. While many grasp the concept of sustainability conceptually, it is not often easily translated into the day to day actions of a business operation.
Business leaders looking to bridge the gap from concept to action are invited to explore 5 business strategies designed to reduce emissions and boost productivity.
1. Paperless management systems: The benefits of a paperless/ document management system include increased productivity, elimination of storage space, create the ability to work remotely, reduce expenses of sourcing and storage, and reduce environmental impact.
2. Employee telecommuting and remote working reduces commuter traffic, reduces sick leave and absenteeism, decreases demand for, and cost of, work space or equipment at the office, and provides for uninterrupted public or customer service. Telecommuters can continue to provide vital services or work on projects during inclement weather and even during natural disasters.
Interestingly, did you know that if 10% of the nation’s workforce telecommutes one day a week, we would avoid the frustration of driving 24.4 million miles, we’d breathe air with 12,963 tons less air pollution, and we’d conserve more than 1.2 million gallons of fuel each week?
3. Co-working provides a gathering spot for individual entrepreneurs or employees from multiple companies sharing a common work space. Basically, a bridged solution between traditional office locations and telecommuting, that also offers a unique option for those concerned about their employment carbon footprints.
4. Bike commuting programs:
- Increase worker productivity: Fit employees are more alert, more productive, perform better and more efficiently.
- Improve employee health.
- Lower health care costs: healthier employees can reduce health insurance costs.
- Reduced carbon emissions.
- Reduce turnover: Employers who appreciate workers’ personal needs have less employee turnover.
There are benefits to the bike commuters as well. Not only are employees expanding environmental awareness in the community and within the business, they are also elevating their moods, saving money, and improving well being.
5. CRM and online invoice and billing applications for small businesses that boost productivity as well as reduce carbon emissions.