Green Building & Sustainable Development
Green Workplace for the Holidays
Conferencing, a global multi-media collaboration service leader, has
released the results of a recent survey of more than 15,000 users among
its Global 1000 customers, to gain insight into how companies are
creating Green programmes to address special opportunities around the
holiday vacation season. The survey showed that, while more than half
of the companies polled have year-round green programmes, few have
instituted special procedures to take advantage of sparsely populated
offices during the second half of December.
The survey also painted a picture of a highly committed workforce. More
than half of vacationers plan to do some office-related work from home.
And nearly half said that they would be even more inclined to keep in
contact with co-workers back at the office if they had the ability to
participate in virtual web conferences from home during their time off.
- More than half of respondents (58%) say that their company has
put policies in place to help preserve the natural environment.
- Less than one third of respondents (30%) believe that their
company has special holiday-related energy efficiency programs to take
advantage of sparsely populated offices.
- More than half (62%) plan to take vacation days to extend their
holiday time off.
- More than half (55%) plan to do some office-related work on
their holiday vacation days.
- Nearly half (44%) say they would be more likely to work during
the holidays if they could participate in work meetings virtually from
home, on web conference calls.
"Companies are becoming increasingly committed to year-round green
programmes, yet they haven't yet realised what additional opportunities
exist when only half their employees are in the office during the
holiday period," said Denise Persson, executive vice president
Marketing, Genesys Conferencing.
"Creating a greener workplace for the holidays can be a communal company
effort that instills pride and encourages teamwork. We asked our
customers for their favourite green holiday workplace tips and are
sharing some that any company can easily put in place."
Five Top Tips for a greener holiday workplace
- Turn off lights, computers and office equipment in empty
cubicles, offices and common areas with low traffic
- Avoid decorations that use electricity and display a live tree
that can then be planted outside the building
- Avoid unnecessary travel - the number one polluter - by
providing virtual meeting capabilities for people working from home
during their vacation
- Relax dress codes to save on laundry and dry cleaning energy
- Close cafeterias and use money saved for special treats to
reward people for taking their own 'packed lunch'
The Genesys Cost Calculator
is offering people a free tool to help decide when to meet in
person or when to "go virtual", available at
http://www.genesys.com/save. This tool allows individuals to calculate
the cost of attending a meeting in person, compared to holding a virtual
meeting, by calculating the following elements:
- Pounds of CO2 emissions avoided
- Miles of travel avoided
- Man-hours saved
- Saving on travel costs
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