While some business leaders may think that being a good citizen and maximizing profits are mutually exclusive, that’s just not the case. By making a concerted effort towards sustainable work practices, companies are able to deliver environmental, financial, and social benefits to their business.
According to nonprofit CDP, companies that build sustainability into their core strategies are outperforming those that fail to do so. Implementing long-term eco-conscious practices can help reduce an organization’s expenditures over time. This practice isn’t just limited to managing waste output through traditional practices like recycling, either. Green methodology can be applied to areas like purchasing practices and digital working capabilities, both of which help drive profit.
By making socially responsible business choices, business leaders can also expect to notice changes in the productivity and engagement of staff. Studies show that when a team member feels tied to a greater purpose, they’re more likely to align themselves with your organization’s vision and goals. That positive reputation doesn’t stop inside of the company, either. Going green pays off in attracting top talent – specifically those on the younger end of the spectrum. Research shows that 91% of millennials would consider switching employers to be associated with a company that is considered socially responsible.
Ultimately, business leaders have both the opportunity and the responsibility to make sustainable choices. Because green practices play such a vital role in the success of a modern workplace, it’s important for businesses to approach their operations in a way that’s good for both the planet and their bottom line.
When we moved into our new studio, we looked at our sustainability practices and asked ourselves, “Is what we’re doing enough?” While any steps taken towards working green should be applauded, we know that an organization can do more than simply manage their waste output. To truly champion the concept of a sustainable workplace, we felt it was important that we surpass standard measures.
When assessing the green initiatives we have in place at Bulb Digital, we applied the methodology of the 3R’s:
In our studio, we have these 3R’s fully integrated into the way we work, and we are always hoping to help others get down this path. When properly applied, this methodology can help your organization adopt digital trends that reduce your business’s eco-footprint. Eliminating practices that don’t serve your lean agenda opens the door to cost savings, which in turn, creates an opportunity to reinvest in your people.
In everything we do we try to provide value to our customers, to our community, and to one another. Because of this, value is a term which is very important to us. When we say it, we don’t strictly mean money, but also the principles and standards that we strive to live by. These standards are ingrained into our business practices and are championed by each and every bulb in the bunch. We’ve written some of these values down to serve as mantras to live by.
After defining the values of Bulb Digital, we wanted to come up with some creative ways to showcase and add reminders of them to our work day.
A couple of years ago, we decided to carve time out of a busy week to make breakfast together in celebration of one of our team member’s birthday. This act has grown into something much more than recognition of a life milestone. Now, it’s an essential aspect of our organization’s culture.