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How happy would you be if your company was more eco and person friendly?
Well a group of researchers just took a look at answering that question. According to Courtney Rubin in a February 9, 2011 article “Study: Green Companies Have Happy Employees” in Inc.:
“Employees are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs if they work for a company that’s perceived to be environmentally friendly, says a study from the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. From an employees’ point of view, being green is better than having lots of green, according to the study, which is published in the latest issue of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. A firm’s financial performance had no correlation with employee happiness levels, researchers found.“
You likely prefer a clean space to a messy desk, dirty dishes and an untidy living room. Messy and dirty (being eco-unfriendly) usually has a way of making you feel annoyed. It’s very likely that most people would rather fix that up and go get some fresh air after.
You’d likely feel a lot happier even if you were making a lot of money being messy. After all dirty dishes have a way of coming back to bite you in the backside. And that’s assuming you have no butler.
Of course it’s tough to say how environmentally friendly a company is. The key part is that the company you’re working in is serious and striving for change.
And as you can guess, happy employees means happy customers means better business in most cases.
Are you willing to spearhead some greening at your company? What would you gun for? And are you human resources professionals going to make use of this information?