In 2014, keeping costs low and profits high can often seem at odds with our companies’ need to be green. Despite this unfortunate reality, there are plenty of ways to increase the profitability of your business without causing any damage to the environment. In fact, if you’re smart about it, you can make your office a greener place to by and all the while increase your profits. In other words, although it might not seem like it at first, economic growth of your business and implementation of green ideas go hand in hand.
Here are three amazingly green ways you can improve the profitability of your business.
1. Plants are Good for People
If your office is old-fashioned and stuffy, why not liven the place up with some foliage? It’s a well-known fact that people like to be surrounded by greenery, and a few simple potted plants can make all the difference to the morale of your whole team. Not only that, but they’ll help to impress any visitors to your premises, and you might turn a few of your employees into amateur gardeners – inspiring in your team a passion for the outdoors.
With higher morale in the team, you’re bound to get better results from everybody.
2. Energy Saving Cuts Costs
If you’re willing to spend a little bit of money in the short term, there are a number of great ways that you can implement green energy saving ideas that can help to save your business money by cutting costs. With this in mind, why not replace your old single glazed windows with more modern, double glazed, better-insulated models. This is only a single energy saving measure, but you’d be surprised by how much of an effect it would have on your business’s electricity bill, and you wouldn’t have to have the central heating on as much in the cooler months.
3. Team Building with an Eco Edge
Finally, you can drive the performance of your team by getting everybody on better terms with one another. A great, green way to do this could be to introduce a company allotment, where employees are allowed to sign up to a rota to do some basic gardening of a company-owned allotment, and when all of the fruit and vegetables are grown, each employee who contributed is allowed to take home a selection of the produce. Small, green schemes like this don’t cost a lot to implement, but they can generate you a significant amount of revenue down the line.
So there you have it – three great, green ways to improve the profitability of your business.
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