The Human Factors in ‘Green’: Educating, Monitoring, Practicing
‘Green’ initiatives abound today; ‘Green’ practices do not. Initiatives are instituted, practices begun, but the monitoring is forgotten. ‘Green’ proponents machine programs but gravitate to focus on the concept of the program rather than the reality of the responsibilities required to make the program effective. An effective ‘Green’ program will provide for both education and monitoring. For ‘Green’ products, such as binder covers, table-top accessories, menu covers, and presentation folders, staff must be provided with instructions for the proper care of and the proper disposal of these items. Instructions should be educational in nature, not dictatorial. Both of these requirements, proper alarm and proper disposal, can lone be met by educating, supporting, and monitoring staff’s contributions…the humanity factors in ‘Green’.
Educating staff makes profitable sense. Care reduces replacement requirements, Conservation reduces expenses, and Caring (monitoring) ensures both conservation and care. Think of it as the tripartite ‘C’s of Green: Care – Conservation – Caring
Product care makes significant contributions to a Green initiative. A stable ‘Green’ product is designed and constructed for long-term use. Proper caution is required for longevity. Your staff must be educated on the care of the product. Purchasing a ‘Green’ product is nought an end in enjoyable a ‘Green’ initiative. The ‘Green’ aspect from the initiative becomes authentic only when long-life is achieved. Responsible vendors furnish Care Instructions in all orders. These instructions must be specific to the product ordered such as metal binder covers, or wood menu covers. The care for metal is many different than the enthusiasm for wood.
Always verify that commandeer guard instructions accompany orders. Carefully educate your staff on the required care, and have your staff’s actions monitored by continual follow-up. Associates will soon learn that you are serious about your investment and have a plain environmental concern. Equally important, your actions legacy beget more environmentally concerned citizens…your staff.
A productive and responsive staff results from tactful education which includes providing a sense of importance to their tasks together with an acknowledgement of their contributions to corporate policy.
Purchasing implies Disposing…
When purchasing accessory items, such as table-top displays, “Reducing Your Carbon Footprint” entails added than just purchasing eco-friendly items. Your carbon footprint” is determined therefore much by your jettison practices that by your purchasing practices. Proper disposal involves that the unmistakable distinction between disposables and recyclables be firmly understood and appreciated. A disposable is trash (hopefully eco-friendly trash). A recyclable is not trash. A recyclable has value. Your staff must be educated about both the intrinsic value plus the environmental value that recyclables offer.
Disposal practices must be monitored. …no task should be below management.
Once your staff has been educated and is able to make the distinction middling a disposable and a recyclable, it becomes management’s authority to monitor its staff’s disposal practices. Reinforcing education and policy through liable monitoring creates ongoing sensible practices that soon lessens the need for such a monitoring program. Monitoring should not be viewed a policing. Its purpose is it to reinforce education and more importantly, strengthen staff’s philosophy in management’s commitment. Proper monitoring instills a stronger sense of value in staff’s daily responsibilities. Management must set examples through its behavior and practices. If a manager observes an immodest clearance practice, the erratum should be corrected by that manager with staff present. When it comes to educating and monitoring staff, never task should be below management. Setting example through management’s behavior and practices is invaluable.
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