How much of a priority is environmental sustainability for your team? The more of a pressing issue global warming becomes, the more important it is for your business to embrace a more environmentally conscious working life – and with benefits including cost effectiveness and enhanced security, there’s a whole host of reasons why you should be working to help your office become a beacon of environmental sustainability.
IoT: Ensuring your office is environmentally friendly
When it comes to implementing environmental sustainability on a daily basis, it’s often the case that even the smallest changes can make a world of difference – but when it’s a busy day at the office, environmental sustainability can often fall to the bottom of the list. Evolving IT trends like IoT can help you to make sure you’re only ever using the energy you need while you’re in the office, powering down your systems when they’re not in use, and making sure your team are always equipped with the tools they need. In this way, IoT can help environmental sustainability become an easily achievable part of you and your team’s working days.
Did you know IoT’s making leaps in environmental sustainability outside the working world, too? Industries as far ranging as agriculture, energy and architecture have all utilised the power of IoT to track energy usage all over the world. Using this data to understand how we consume huge amounts of energy will allow businesses, and the wider working world, to implement a much more knowledgeable environmental sustainability system within their workplaces.
Consumption based IT: A cost effective solution to environmental sustainability
As far as your business growth is concerned, one of the greatest benefits of environmental sustainability to your organisation is the added perk of cost effectiveness it can help implement. Consumption based IT is just one of the solutions available to you when you’re thinking about making your business more environmentally friendly. Put simply, working from a consumption based model means you’ll only ever use, and you’ll only ever pay for, the resources you and your team need. From IaaS to the Private Cloud, there are many secure infrastructure options available that allow you to scale up your data usage as and when you need them. The CIS Private Cloud can help allocate resources towards different departments and functions, responding to meet demand as and when you need it; this works towards your environmental sustainability goals by ensuring your carbon footprint is reduced thanks to more efficient use of your computing resources.
Digitising your infrastructure: Working towards a paperless workplace
It’s becoming more and more commonplace for businesses to move their infrastructure towards a fully digital database, so why not join them as part of your push for environmental sustainability? Making your workplace more digitally friendly can be as simple as getting rid of the office printer; transferring your documents across the Internet will save you time, money on printing supplies, and will also help maintain your data security. Rather than leaving confidential information out in the open, keeping it under wraps within your digital infrastructure will help secure your peace of mind, as well as your environmental sustainability. As well as this, you’ll save on the initial expense, maintenance and running costs on more traditional hardware, reducing your expenses in the long run and lowering your business’s overall energy output.
Going green with your team: Encouraging a wider team awareness of environmental sustainability
Finally, one of the most simple but effective ways to encourage wider environmental sustainability and awareness within your workplace, is to keep your team up to date with the latest ways they can go green. We all know how much more of a pressing issue global warming is becoming; taking steps to remind your team of how they can be doing their bit for the planet will ensure environmental sustainability stays at the forefront of your organisation’s mind. Maintaining environmental sustainability in this way doesn’t have to be complicated,either. From banning plastic bottles in your office to providing your team with reusable coffee cups, encouraging car-pooling schemes to placing recycling bins in your office, there are plenty of small ways you can encourage your team to think more closely about environmental sustainability,as well as ensuring your office is a much more pleasant space to work within. Unsure how best to train your team up? Take a look at our blog on IT training here.
Looking to make your workplace more environmentally conscious? From implementing consumption based IT to sharing our knowledge of digital trends, our experienced team are always on hand to help you make environmental sustainability a priority through your IT systems. Visit our cloud pages to find out more about maintaining a fully digital workplace.