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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Do More Than Dream of a Green Holiday

By SHRM Online staff

Organizations can put the "green" in the red-and-green holiday color scheme by making environmentally friendly choices.

Turning off lights, computers and office equipment in empty cubicles, offices and low-traffic common areas, and avoiding Christmas decorations that use electricity are among simple ways organizations can lessen their carbon footprint, according to Genesys Conferencing, a global multimedia collaboration service leader.

Those are among favorite tips for a greener holiday workplace, according to a survey of 15,000 of Genesys's clients.

Other tips include closing the company cafeteria during the holidays when few people might be about and avoiding unnecessary travel by using virtual meetings. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they more likely would work during the holidays if they could participate in meetings from home and through web conference calls. More than half, or 58 percent, of respondents say their organization has implemented policies to help preserve the environment.

"Companies are becoming increasingly committed to year-round green programs, but they haven't yet realized what additional opportunities exist when only half their employees are in the office during the holiday period," said Denise Persson, executive vice president of marketing for Genesys."Creating a greener workplace for the holidays can be a communal company effort," she said in a press release, "that instills pride and encourages teamwork."

Related Article: Going Green , HR Magazine, October 2006

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