Employees want to work for organizations that enable them to behave sustainably, but they don’t want it to burden them or change their work patterns. Women behave slightly more sustainably than men; support for sustainability increases with age. Organizations that want more sustainable workplaces succeed best by showing strong leadership and a tangible commitment to which employees can respond.
Those are some key findings of a Sustainability@Work survey conducted by Johnson Controls Global Workplace Solutions. The survey measured attitudes from a cross-section of industries, job roles and ages in countries worldwide. Among key observations from respondents:
Attitudes toward sustainability
67% preferred working in an organization where employees take the lead in sustainable practices.
Only 33% would consider a company’s environmental record when applying for jobs.
Investing in Sustainability
Only 36% would accept sustainability at the cost of hurting a company’s ability to compete; executives felt most strongly that competitiveness must not be compromised.
71% agreed that companies should place a priority on investment in lowering the environmental impact of work practices.
86% agreed that sustainability needs to be a long-term investment.
Employees supported reducing waste going to landfill: 51% said they would sort their waste into central recycling bins.
45% would support employee subsidies for public transport.
34% would lower carbon emissions by maximizing natural light, using low-energy lighting and renewable energy, and lighting spaces only where necessary.
A Global Sustainability@Work report summarizes the global responses, while separate reports highlight attitudes in the United States and the United Kingdom. Additional countries will follow in coming months.
Sustainability@Work Global Report >>
Sustainability@Work US Report >>
Sustainability@Work UK Report >>
Also, read a summary article discussing this new research in light of our recent “Driving Employee Engagement in Sustainability Report.”