Energy management; getting your employees onboard
Balancing your budget is a difficult and challenging thing to manage for any business. Finding reliable ways to cut energy costs in both the short and long-term will help your business out, not only financially, but in terms of meeting your corporate social responsibility targets too.
Although many companies have relatively fixed energy costs, one of the biggest factors that will make a difference is the human element. By getting your employees on board with energy management, you are likely to see a decrease in the energy they use, and by making this a new norm within the office, you can ensure that this lower energy usage becomes a permanent feature of your business.
How to get your employees to reduce consumption
1. Make it official policy
Your employees are more likely to respond and make behavioural changes if your company announces things in a formal manner. So instead of politely asking people to use less energy, have an official piece of content produced along with a companywide meeting. Not only will the message seem more official, but employees will be more likely to take notice and act accordingly.
2. Offer practical guidance
Employees are unlikely to behave differently if they do not know what the alternative should be, however, so to help your employees make positive changes they should be told the best way to act. As well as offering practical tips and guidance specific to your workplace, your employees should also be told why such changes need to be made, as placing their actions in context will give them a greater understanding of their personal responsibility.
3. Monitor the progress made
When working towards a specific goal, people like to know their progress, as it can serve to motivate and encourage future actions. Businesses looking to reduce their energy consumption should post regular reports and updates about the progress being made, as it shows employees how their efforts are translating into results.
At Touchstone Services, we pride ourselves on helping our clients reduce consumption and cut operating costs through effective energy management. For more information, please contact us.