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More and more employees are prioritizing their employer’s commitment to the planet. In fact, a 2021 IBM study revealed that approximately 70 percent of employees and job seekers consider a company’s sustainability program as a major appeal. A recent Honeywell survey also showed that 91 percent of American workers would give up pay or job perks if the same cost was invested in reducing their workplace’s environmental impact.
Companies are responding with creative, sustainable perks. Atlassian, a global software company, pays employees their daily salary rate for up to 40 hours of volunteer work with charitable organizations each year. Bank of America offers a $1,000 rebate to employees for purchasing or leasing a SunPower solar system and up to $4,000 for purchasing an electric vehicle or $2,000 for leasing one.
Codi, a flexible office space platform, offers its employees an e-bike commuting stipend through Ridepanda, covering the $89 monthly bill for a pedal-assisted Roadster e-bike. In addition to being eco-friendly, employees like COO Ash Straughn appreciate the fresh air and health benefits of cycling to work.
Other companies, such as Hixny, provide free online gardening classes, while Button purchases carbon credits to offset employee travel. Bread Financial curates volunteer opportunities, has a matching gift program, and holds monthly environmental committee meetings to discuss initiatives like electronic recycling drives and the distribution of office plant clippings.
Trevor Langdon, president and co-founder of Green Standards, believes that future-forward businesses are setting ambitious corporate sustainability goals, and employees want to see these goals executed in both small and large ways. They want their employers to walk the walk and live up to their net-zero commitments.
Sure, here are 10 eco-friendly works and opportunities that companies can provide through their sustainability programs:
1. Implementing a recycling program in the office, and offering training sessions for employees to learn how to recycle properly.
2. Encouraging employees to walk, bike or take public transportation to work and providing incentives such as bike racks and covered parking areas for bikers and walkers.
3. Offering telecommuting options to employees so they can work from home, which reduces the need for commuting altogether.
4. Providing reusable water bottles, mugs, and food containers for employees to use at work instead of disposable cups and containers.
5. Organizing volunteer opportunities for employees to clean up a local park, beach, or other outdoor area.
6. Hosting educational sustainability workshops for employees to learn how to live more sustainably at home and in the workplace.
7. Providing electric or hybrid company vehicles for employees to use on business trips.
8. Creating a green team of employees to identify and implement sustainability initiatives within the company and the community.
9. Offering environmentally conscious benefits such as flexible schedules and paid-time-off to volunteer for environmental organizations.
10. Organizing company-wide eco-challenges to incentivize employees to reduce energy use, limit paper printing, and increase recycling.
These eco-friendly works and opportunities can not only attract new employees who want to work for companies that promote sustainability but also create a positive and responsible work culture for current employees.
In conclusion, climate-conscious initiatives benefit not only the environment and employees but also the companies themselves. By offering eco-friendly perks, companies can attract and retain talented workers who share their values, ultimately fostering a more engaged and productive workforce. So, let’s all be part of the change and seek out employers that prioritize sustainability or, better yet, encourage our current employers to adopt eco-friendly practices and perks. Together, we can make a difference for our planet.
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