How can digitalization help towards workplace sustainability?

Digitalization and sustainability are two of the most talked-about concepts in today’s modern workplaces. More than just buzzwords, they have become an essential part of driving a successful organization.

September 28, 2020
Angelique Parungao

As companies look to hire more millennials, the generation known for their environmentally-conscious stance and value-driven outlook, businesses are embracing sustainable practices in the workplace to attract these talents. Unlike the previous generations, this new workforce places high regard on a company’s social purpose and values. According to a survey in 2019, 40% of millennials choose a job because of the company’s sustainability plan, while 70% said that the same reason would affect their decision to stay in the long term. 

With the millennials taking over 75% of the workforce by 2025, organizations have also started prioritizing sustainable practices to recruit and retain young employees. As such, companies are beginning to do so with the help of technology. If you are looking to implement digital solutions to help push a more technologically-driven and eco-friendly organization, here are some ways digitalization can help your business do that. 

It saves company resources by going paperless

We know digitalization can help ensure productivity and efficiency, but did you know it can also make you more sustainable? For instance, digitizing paper-heavy procedures such as forms and files using an internal employee platform can minimize paper waste in the office. An average worker using as much as 10,000 sheets of paper a year — most of which can end up outdated in three months. Worse, if accumulated, paperwork totals to 70% of office wastes. 

With a more digitized system, your company can save more than $120 billion per year on printed documents; you can also have a more environment-friendly solution that allows your company to be more efficient and streamlined. Anyone in the company can access important documents digitally, create virtual workflows instead of manually filling out forms, and share them online in real-time. For example, instead of having printed materials to ensure learning and development for your employees, you can upload digital copies online to access anytime. You can also utilize an internal employee chatbot that answers their frequently asked questions immediately when they need quick clarification on HR matters. 

It allows the workplace to stay connected without being together

Did you know that your daily commute negatively impacts the environment? Transportation — particularly your daily commute — accounts for 28.9% of the carbon dioxide emissions in 2017. Not only that, but long hours of traveling to and from work also add to employee stress that can significantly affect their work performance. 

By digitizing your workplace, you can minimize, if not, eliminate working onsite. Using digital solutions such as employee platforms that let you work with one another even when dispersed, you can make sure that everyone stays collaborative through group chats, video calls, and task management tools. Your meetings can now be virtual, eliminating the need to commute. Further, your workplace can also socialize and communicate with one another through digital channels where they can discuss their interests. A virtual platform for your employees creates a more connected organization despite being in different locations or time zones. 

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