There is a common perception that green initiatives are bad for business. Typically, going green entails higher costs. For the long run, however, investing in environmentally-sustainable projects can actually be beneficial.
For one, we are living in the onset of the green revolution. By going green, we are tapping into an emerging market with a lot of potential investors. Going green also eliminates waste and lessens the burden of complying with government environmental regulations. And with the world’s warming climate, having sustainable initiatives in the workplace is now a must.
In itself, choosing sustainability may not be profitable. However, this doesn’t mean that it can never be.
By integrating green initiatives in the workplace in the form of green spaces, businesses can reap benefits they probably didn’t think the could.
A study shows that green spaces improve the well-being and productivity of the employees. Just by the introduction of indoor plants, productivity levels could spike up by as high as 15%.
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Of course, having happy and productive employees is one way to ensure the stability of your business. More benefits of green spaces include,
- Improved cognition
- Heightened morale
- Increased workplace satisfaction
- Increase in concentration
- Better work engagement
- Improved comfort
How would businesses start transforming their workplaces into green spaces? Some simple steps include:
- Maximizing the amount of natural light entering the workplace.
- Placing indoor plants in the workplace
- Improving ventilation
- Modernising artificial lighting
- Switching to renewable sources such as solar power
Several birds with one stone
By developing workplaces into green spaces, companies will be supporting the rising advocacy for sustainability. At the same time, they are opening themselves to the growing green market.
Lastly, it can also improve the well-being of their employees. This, in turn, can aid in making their businesses more efficient and profitable.
Hitting several birds with one stone, going green is really the way to go for our workplaces. This is yet another call for us to see sustainability in a different light.