Wouldn’t it be great if your business could get back to the things that really matter? If going green meant you could simplify the workspace and save more money, would you do it? Of course, you would! There is an ever-growing focus on sustainable energy and reusable resources to minimize the overhead costs of running a business. When you calculate the cost of office space, employee salaries, and supplies you can easily be looking at spending hundreds to thousands a day to keep your doors open. So, when you consider ways to save money, going green just makes sense!
1. Clean and Simple
Keeping your office space free of clutter is not only more attractive to visiting customers and clients, but it also helps you to know exactly what you have and where – so you don’t even up with 6 “lost” staplers. A well-organized office space also increased the productivity of your employees, because they spend less time searching for the things they need and more time staying on task. It’s a win-win!
2. Sustainable Staffing
Less staff means less waste, both in terms of your resources and your garbage bin. Reducing staff doesn’t mean you have to fire everyone. However, it is important to consider which positions are necessary in-house and for which ones you can use a virtual office. For example, when you use a virtual receptionist, all call related paper use is instantly eliminated. Not only are you saving on business expenses, but reducing paper also saves oil, water, and trees.
3. Lower Your Carbon Footprint
Reality Check: Office buildings create more carbon dioxide emissions each year in the U.S. than the transportation industry. An office worker goes through 650 pounds of paper and 500 plastic cups in a year. And, U.S. businesses use about 4 trillion tons of paper per year. Businesses can create smaller, more efficient work spaces with a lower carbon foot print by making the decision to utilize virtual services. Virtual receptionists don’t require you to keep the coffee cups stocked!
4. Green Plants
Low maintenance, low-light houseplants are efficient filters for indoor air pollutants that can cause irritation, headaches, and other serious health impacts. Many of these pollutants come from common office supplies that we take for granted such as adhesives, cleaners, and spray aerosols (which can also be eliminated by going virtual!) Indoor plants also increase employee morale and productivity!
5. Clean with Green Products
Indoor air pollution is one of the top five greatest health risks for office workers leading to asthma, chronic headaches, and other serious health complications. The very products you use to keep your office spaces clean and your employees healthy are filling the air with harmful chemicals. Encourage your cleaning company to use green cleaning products and if they won’t, switch to a company that does.
6. Eco-Friendly Supplies
Encourage your employees to invest in reusable coffee cups and ditch the one-time use coffee pods and filters. Provide reusable containers and cutlery in the lounge. And, research any eco-friendly alternatives to office purchases and evaluate the necessity of the purchase itself. Consider doing away with sticky notes and note pads. Utilize digital services instead, such as e-mail and collaborative online calendars.
7. Go Virtual
We’ve said it once, and we will say it again. Going virtual is the greenest you can go. With receptionists that can’t call in sick, or miss a call while they’re in the restroom, your business can provide 24/7 access to customer support. Plus, with the vast array of online collaborative tools available coupled with our affordable virtual receptionist plans, going virtual is easier than ever.
Answer Anytime Answering Service doesn’t require a contract, and our monthly plans are affordable enough that even entrepreneurs and home-based businesses can utilize our call answering services! You can be a part of something much larger than yourself when you decide to go green with Answer Anytime!