Why a greener office is a more productive office.

Sometimes it can be hard to get the balance right between taking steps to improve your businesses’ sustainability and improving the productivity of your people. Energy use, for example, is a fine balancing act between providing your people with enough heat and light to work effectively and making savings that cut your carbon footprint.

But a greener office can – and often is – a more productive office.

Given that staff costs, including salaries and benefits, typically account for about 90% of a business’ operating costs, improving the productivity of your workforce unquestionably improves the productivity of your business.

So what steps can and should you take to improve productivity and reduce the footprint of your business?

Firstly, you should consider the cost the ill health of your employees has on your business. Whist this varies from country to country and sector to sector, here are a few exemplars:

  • The annual absenteeism rate in the US is 3% per employee in the private sector, and 4% in the public sector, costing employers $2,074 and $2,502 per employee per year respectively.
  • Poor mental health specifically costs UK employers £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.
  • The aggregate cost to business of ill-health and absenteeism in Australia is estimated at $7 billion per year, while the cost of ‘presenteeism’ (not fully functioning at work because of medical conditions) is estimated to be A$26 billion.

The health of your employees, evidently, can have a huge impact on the health of your business.

Putting your employees first means you are putting your business first.

There are a number of proven methods to improve employee health which also improve the health of the planet. Jump recognises this link and rewards your people for changing their behaviour – making them more likely to stick with this change.

Cycling, one of Jump’s 8 core behaviour modules, is a great example. By encouraging your employees to cycle rather than drive to work not only will you cut the travel footprint of your business, but your employees will enjoy both the physical and mental benefits that exercise bring. From one small change you can effect both a cut in carbon and an increase in productivity.

By rewarding people for taking these actions, they are more likely to take them again and again, meaning Jump with have a continued effect, rather than being a single impact scheme.

There are seven other modules which form the core of Jump – but we don’t stop there. If there’s a particular behaviour you’d like to encourage, such as increased use of public transport, we can create a module for you.

If you’d like to start a discussion on how Jump could work for your organisation, or to book a demonstration of our platform, then please do get in touch with us at info@teamjump.co.uk.

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Bethany Fruen

Head of Communications

Bethany Fruen

Since joining Jump fresh out of university back in 2013 I’ve seen many changes in the way we communicate – both as a company and more widely within the sustainability industry. The current shift of sustainability to the mainstream is accelerating at a pace and it’s exciting to be part of this step change.  The insight I get from individual participants in our client programmes is invaluable as it helps me figure out the best way to get our messages across.

My team and I use digital communications to recognise individual and team success, providing information in a fun, meaningful way that encourages people to take action. It’s about creating a feedback loop where people see that their actions are having an impact and this is very powerful in creating positive change within an organisation.

 

Graham Simmonds

Chief Executive

Graham Simmonds

As CEO of Jump I lead a talented team of professionals committed to sustainability and wellness.  For much of my 35 year career I’ve been immersed in environmental issues, particularly how to engage people in practical action.  Previously I built Trees for Cities from start-up to a global, award-winning charity as its founding chief executive, and I loved developing new initiatives such as The Edible Playground and the Million Trees Campaign.  

In 2011 I set up Jump as I felt organisations large and small want to motivate action amongst their people around wellbeing and the planet, and a professional team dedicated to this purpose would help them accelerate their journey.  I’m also proud to chair the Reward Gateway Foundation which supports organisations and projects that address inequality and disadvantage, with the ultimate mission of making the world a better, fairer, safer and more equal place to work.