Consumers are increasing their focus on companies’ sustainability efforts. But what do employees think about green work?
Recent research suggests employees may be happier when they’re doing green work, too.
Workers who believe in the work their companies are doing are happier, which may lead to increased job satisfaction and retention rates, according to a study from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University.
The study looked at dairy farmers and their efforts to go green. The industry has traditionally been reluctant to embrace sustainability practices, but researchers are finding workers who work for more sustainable operations are prouder of their work — and more productive.
Spread the word
Obviously companies can’t make expensive green changes overnight. But to help workers feel better about their jobs, be sure to let them know what you are doing to help the environment or improve business practices.
Everything from a company recycling program to reduced energy use are good ways to show employees you’re making a difference.
Better yet, ask for their help. By giving workers the opportunity to contribute to sustainable practices, they’ll feel more connected to company efforts and take more pride in their work.