Three ways to motivate staff to run a more efficient business

A happy workforce means a productive and profitable business. Here are three great ways to harness your employees’ business energy to fuel your company’s success in 2014.

It doesn’t matter what market sector you’re in or what qualifications your staff hold. It’s really important that you engage with them on the topic of energy efficiency. Nobody likes to feel talked down to, convey the importance of running a slicker business without dumbing down the message

1. Get employees on board from the get go

Make your energy efficiency goals part of the company ethos. If being greener and smarter is part of your brand, you’re more likely to attract similar minded employees who share your vision and goals from the first day of employment. You can also strengthen your brand values from the ground up.

2. Be realistic about human motivation

Consider incentivising your energy efficiency goals with smart HR strategies which will focus staff members and encourage them to value the importance of saving business energy. When it comes to  business electricity suppliers, it’s important that energy saving measures are part of a business’s value system. Challenge your HR or personnel teams with creating fresh, engaging ways for staff members to save business electricity, gas, light and heat.

It’s also important to be realistic. Just as some staff members will be eager to be more energy efficient, others won’t prioritise it. So understand that some people will never respond to even the most brilliant incentive schemes. Harness their other business skills instead.

3. Little details soon add up

Rather than one big energy saving business scheme, a number of smaller ideas may be easier to implement. Encourage the use of reusable mugs rather than throwaway coffee cups and asking staff to switch chargers for phones and other devices off as soon as the battery has fully charged. How does your business communicate the importance of energy efficiency to staff members? We’d love to hear your ideas.

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