How to make your business more sustainable in 2016

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More and more companies are recognising the importance of becoming a sustainable business. The benefits of being sustainable are multifaceted, ranging from increasing productivity and reducing costs, to enhancing brand image and giving businesses a competitive edge. And that’s just for starters. If you are intent on joining the rush to adopt more sustainable policies and practices take a look at the following ways to help make your business more sustainable in 2016.

Reduce your company’s carbon footprint

Whilst relocating to a wholly green building might not be an option, there are plenty of smaller moves a company can make to reduce its carbon footprint. For example, simple things like encouraging staff to get into the habit of switching off devices at the end of the day and putting electrical equipment into power-saving mode when they are away from their desks will help a business make significant energy savings.

Other quick and effective ways to save on power in a working environment would be to replace old and inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving LED alternatives. Upgrading old windows to double glazing or simply investing in some quality blinds will also help make an office more energy efficient.

Here at Weetwood Hall we are driven by a sustainable ethos and believe it is the little things that make the big differences. For example, whilst we are happy to change towels and bed linen on a daily basis, we encourage our guests to voice their preference on such matters. Likewise we kindly remind guests that switching off lights and turning off standby button can be a big difference to reducing our carbon footprint.

If you aspire to make your business more sustainable and with a less impactful carbon footprint, practicing the same level of diligence will put your company well on its way to being greener and saving money.

Encourage working from home

The prevalence and popularity of flexible, remote working has been escalating in recent years as more and more companies cotton on to the benefits of allowing employees some level of flexible homeworking.

It terms of sustainability, homeworking ticks several boxes. Not only does it mean your company is effectively reducing the number of emissions being pumped into the atmosphere due to workers not having to drive to work, but sustainability is also related to the welfare of a workforce and by promoting a healthier work/life balance, enabling homeworking is directly related to more content and happy employees. And happy workers equate to a more loyal workforce with less employee turnover.

Automate business processes

We are now well entrenched in the digital era and anything that involves paper tends to be regarded as slow, cumbersome, outdated, costly and an environmental no-no. If your company is still on a paper system, automating workflow processes so that it is on a digital system will ultimately save paper, time and money, resulting in a more sustainable business that’s fit for the 21st century.

Furthermore, being ‘paper-free’ will reduce the amount of storage a business requires, meaning they could potentially move into smaller premises and make even more savings.

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Of course one of the most effective ways to become a more environmentally-aware and sustainable business is to recycle. Investing in quality recycling bins that are clearly labelled will help encourage staff to recycle items. Another good way to promote recycling at work is to remove personal bins from employees’ desks and have a central recycling point in the office.

Weetwood Hall prides itself on an aim to promote environmental awareness and a positive culture to green issues and sustainability. Take a look at how we minimise our impact on the environment here.

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