Cut Cost and Engage Employees through Energy Efficiency

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Jan 12, 2011 2:00 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

The post, Engage Your Employees: 5 Must-Dos In 2011, suggests "using social good as a Trojan horse for engagement: Connecting the dots between engagement and social responsibility is no longer the "wave of the future." It's what companies need to be doing now to get ahead. Aligning your employees around a common cause that transcends generational divides, gender and ethnicity is a sure-fire way to spark a sense of purpose and belonging. When your employees feel educated, inspired and empowered around the company's commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and citizenship, the real magic starts to happen." 

Sounds great but where is the magic? Which sustainability concepts relate to both an employee as well as a corporate sustainability plan?  Let's look at energy efficiency.   Employee engagement is an effective, but possibly underutilized strategy for improving energy efficiency.  In fact, energy efficiency can be a gateway to wider business innovation and engage stakeholders in broader process evaluations.  Suggestions made in our eco friendly training include: ·         Establishing a baseline of consumption for benchmarking efforts. ·         Create an energy policy for the business.  Using your consumption information, you may want to identify areas of improvement.  ·         Implement behavior and usage modifications. ·         Measure and monitor your progress. ·         Communicate your success and appreciation to employees for taking eco action.   Taking it a step further, what are the best ways to engage employees in corporate responsibility?  Click here to continue reading.

Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".