Disengaged employees end up costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity
Getting employees emotionally engaged may sound abstract, warm and fuzzy. But the impact of such a void represents a sobering business reality. Disengaged employees end up costing the U.S. between $450 billion to $550 billion each year in lost productivity. These figures make sense when you consider that an estimated 70 percent of American workers are considered “not engaged” or “actively disengaged.” Given such insights, it is no wonder that organizations are doubling-down on their investments to build employee engagement.
Most organizations take the “if we build it, they will come” approach to rolling out sustainability programs, but employees traditionally don’t look to their employer to help them live more sustainably. Even worse, many see organizational initiatives as being more of a PR move than a genuine effort to decrease negative environmental impact.
If you want to let your staff know that you’re serious about sustainability AND get them to actively participate in programs and contribute to initiatives, try these nine tips.
Recently I lectured in my hometown about the top 10 ways to take your office to zero waste. Based on feedback from that blog I was invited by Barbara Weigand, of Copper River Salon in Princeton, NJ, to audit her salon and advise her on how to become a zero waste business.
I was pleased to see, as I waked in, that Copper River had already started on the path to Zero Waste. They were recycling everything that they can recycle municipally and were running the Garnier Beauty Brigade for their cosmetic waste, a free way to turn cosmetic and beauty packaging into donations for non-profits!