How to Spot a Green Employee

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Feb 9, 2011 10:40 AM ET

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

There is a new generation of professionals seeking to leverage their knowledge, experience, and passion to promote eco awareness and business sustainability.   Job seekers are seeking out opportunities that align with their career ambitions and personal beliefs.  This green workforce is enthusiastic about making a difference, but what skill sets should employers be looking for in these new “green” employees?

  Green jobs have become synonymous with any job related to sustainability, climate change, alternative energy, the environment, and many other things.  They have also become a signal of a shift in employment criteria form people looking for:   
  • Work that fills a desire to take on action that makes a difference.

  • Work that transforms our environment, improves energy consumption, and gives back to the community.

  As a professional consultant, I have expressed to clients that pursing "green-minded” employees is a natural extension of any business sustainability plan.   Businesses that are embracing eco awareness in their organizations are attracting top talent, and top talent is arguably the greatest business resource.    However, employers often limit their searches by determining the skills required for a specific job function.  Sometimes overlooked are the long-term benefits a potential prospect might bring to the organization.   In searching for that “green” employee to add to the company, our professional consulting reminds clients that there are some additional characteristics to consider: 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".