Businesses are more and more focused on being sustainable and more energy efficient. It does not only help the environment, it can help build the credibility and brand of the business, not to mention saving costs to improve its all-important bottom line.
In order for a business to drive energy efficiency, they will need to get all of their staff on board and this can be the biggest challenge of them all. Read on to find out how to engage your staff to help us reach our energy efficiency goals.
Incorporate Energy Efficiency into your Staff KPI’s
Firstly understand your energy benchmarks and targets and incorporate them into your staff members individual KPI’s. Make sure you measure them regularly and let everyone know how they are tracking. We have a monthly email that goes out celebrating the top energy performers and we recognize their contribution with prizes.
Engage Through Understanding
Make sure you communicate to the staff on the savings you want to achieve and more importantly, on what you plan to do with the savings. If the staff know you are planning to upgrade computers or install a communal coffee machine they will be a lot more invested in the success of the program. Make sure to pass on the information to your staff. For example, we created documents that explained what energy efficiency is and why it is important to us.
Get Buy-in from Staff
Get your staff to help come up with more ways to be energy efficient around the office. If the staff has buy-in, they are much more inclined to be engaged. Delegate specific tasks to individuals and make them accountable for the results in their area or specific task. An example may be having someone champion the shut down every night to eliminate standby power. You can move the responsibility to different staff members on different weeks.
Create an Energy Efficiency Plan
Create and document a plan that instils energy efficient behaviour amongst the staff. Make sure you list all of your energy efficient targets and all of the processes that need to be followed to achieve those targets. A procurement/purchasing process should be one of the top priorities listed in the plan. For example, all electrical items purchased should have a high-energy rating, which in turn has the lowest annual running cost. You can use a website such as Save Energy Save Money to compare the annual running cost of electrical appliances. Once you have picked an appliance, you can compare the prices to get the best deal possible.
Engaging staff to make a difference and get them onboard with your energy efficiency plan is vital if you want to succeed. Making them accountable for their actions at work is a great start. If you follow the above steps, we are sure you will be achieving your energy efficiency targets in no time and in turn, will be saving money that is better spent elsewhere!