Results of a North American survey released to measure environmental consciousness in the workplace, found that work colleagues may have some strong objections to those who don’t walk-the-green-talk at the office. Almost 40 percent of U.S. respondents said their number one office environmental pet peeve was mindless printing resulting in abandoned pages at the printer, followed closely by leaving the lights on in unused offices (37%).
A review of the other top office pet peeves included: lack of recycling bins (33%); excessive air conditioning or heating (29%); excessive use of paper products – like plates and cups (27%); co-workers that don’t recycle (27%) and co-workers that print single-sided instead of double-sided documents (24%).
We often find that environmental consciousness is left in the recycling bin that sits in employees’ garages. While they’re eco-friendly at home, the office is still breeding ground for bad habits. Yet, as this survey found, it takes a few small steps to make a big difference. Step number one: use the technology available in the office to cut back on paper use, reduce waste and reduce energy consumption. That can mean simply setting the office printers to default to two-sided printing, which cuts in half office paper use. Or, replace single function printers and copiers with multifunction systems, decreasing energy use.
The top environmental pet peeves among U.S. office workers:
1) Mindless printing increasing waste (40%),
2) Leaving lights on (37%),
3) Lack of recycling bins (33%),
4) Excessive air conditioning in summer and heat in winter (29%),
5) Excessive use of paper cups, plates (27%),
6) Co-workers not recycling (27%),
7) Co-workers not printing double-sided when they can (24%),
8) Having to store paper copies of existing, electronic files (24%)
9) Leaving the computer on and not powering down when going home (23%).
What are your biggest Pet Peeves? Let us know in the comments!