You probably know the basics of looking after the planet when you’re in the office. Avoid unnecessary printing. Use energy-efficient lighting. Only boil the water you need on a tea round. But, what about environmentally friendly technology? What is it, why is it different and how can it help your business? Let us fill you in.
Environmentally friendly technology is where unified communications comes in. To put it bluntly, it needs to be a top priority for all businesses. Companies have a corporate responsibility to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This helps with both climate change and to keep on top of energy costs. It also demonstrates that your company takes environmental impact seriously, which supports a positive brand identity.
Here’s how environmentally friendly technology can boost your business. There are also some real-life examples of how this has worked in practice.
Environmentally friendly technology for video
You can cut the travel and still have a productive meeting by using a desktop video or a room-based video conferencing tool. This can work whether you have five employees who work from home or 700,000 staff across multiple locations. Take the U.S postal service, for example. They use Cisco’s environmentally friendly technology to bring together thousands of employees for regular training without the need for travel. Now that’s a special delivery.
Working from home
Flexible working with environmentally friendly technology means setting up an office wherever you are. Research has shown that people working from home for one day a week saves 840 million gallons of petrol a year and cuts 14 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also a widely discredited misconception that flexible working doesn’t support productivity. In fact, it’s quite the opposite for companies including Vodafone. Their research shows that flexible working has a bigger impact on job satisfaction than benefits such as shares, bonuses or pensions. In addition, 75% of their staff said flexible working boosted their job satisfaction.
Cut your square footage
Buildings are estimated to account for nearly half of the world’s energy consumption, with offices being the main culprit. Property operating costs are also one of the highest business expenses after human resources. Environmentally friendly technology cuts this back for the better. Unified communications solutions can be much less cumbersome than older technology. For example, storage can be on the cloud instead of a dusty back room. Modern options are more streamlined and simply take up less desk space. In a pilot project, Cisco created space savings of nearly 40%. Unified communications support hot-desking and working from home. So, the carbon footprint your office creates is slashed thanks to reductions in light, heat and power. For example. Thomson Reuters has more than 100 offices worldwide but they build telecommuting into their core business model so they keep on top of their infrastructure expenses.
Businesses big or small can benefit from environmentally friendly technology and the experts at eaziUC can help. Find out more here.