Introduce Flexible Working
When the pandemic hit, many businesses adopted a flexible working model as a method of ensuring safety for their employees; however, as mentioned before, these changes ended up having a positive effect on the environment.
Not only was there a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuel consumption, and air pollution, but there was also significantly less paper and plastic waste.
It’s important that HR encourages employers to continue providing flexible and hybrid working to reduce the environmental impact of employees traveling to and from work five days per week, even post-pandemic.
Enhancing the Training and Development Experience
Another way HR can help make businesses more eco-friendly is by working with their L&D teams to transform the training and development experience into one that’s more eco-friendly.
It’s important that HR and L&D work together to create a working culture that is environmentally conscious. This means introducing training to make sure employees are aware of environmental policies and goals, including specialist training for those whose roles and processes are directly affected, and keeping employees informed and educated about climate-related policy changes and how they can continue to help.
L&D can also contribute by choosing environmentally friendly training solutions where possible: for example, offering online learning options rather than encouraging learners to travel to a training venue, particularly for those travelling long distances.