We love that feeling of doing something for the environment and living sustainable lives. Unfortunately, depending on where you work, it isn't always easy to keep up your good intentions during the working day. But now there appears to be even more reason for UK employers to reconsider their and their workers' green efforts.
According to a national survey, companies who take their environmental responsibility seriously are far more likely to benefit from a productive, happy and motivated workforce. More than half of the respondents feel they would be more positive at work if their employers were more supportive in their efforts to be green.
But all is not rosy. Despite a clear link between being green and happiness levels, 41% of workers said they had previously found themselves in awkward situations with their bosses in the past simply for trying to positively implement green practices at work.
All of this has left over one third (40%) saying they would avoid suggesting greener working initiatives as they're afraid it would be seen as 'nagging' and reflect badly on their career prospects.
It is a shame that UK companies are not more open for suggestions when it comes to creating a greener working environment and possibly a greener future. Luckily the study also found that a whopping 60% of workers look at the company's environmental credentials when applying for jobs, meaning non eco-friendly businesses are missing out on top talent.
How green is your office? Leave a comment below to inspire or condemn.
*The study was commissioned as part of Avery Green Office Week (14 - 18 May 2012).