Behaviour expert says workplace pressure could be spawning a nation of Jekyll & Hydes as new research from Envirowise shows how individuals are lapsing into bad habits at work.
Individuals committed to cutting waste at home are lapsing into bad habits as soon as they get to work, says new research from Envirowise. Workplace psychology expert, Professor Toby Wall, says "it is employers who have the power to cure our split personalities".
The survey of more than 1,800 UK office workers found that a third took no action whatsoever to reduce the amount of resources they use during the working day - meaning vast amounts of resources and money are being lost without trace.
"This is a symptom of our pressurised workplaces where there is often too little time or encouragement for people to take action on waste," says Professor Wall, Director of the Institute of Work Psychology. "Research shows that if people are closely monitored and given strict performance targets, they will focus on their core tasks at the expense of other activities.
"Employers should consider quickly establishing some simple steps to help employees take more ownership of this issue - perhaps by appointing a 'champion' to lead waste-busting initiatives, encouraging greater teamwork or investing in training."
Survey respondents agreed by saying that clearer environmental policies from their employer (31%) and greater access to eco-friendly options, such as recycling bins (55%), would help them do more when at work.
Envirowise has produced a free pack of information to help UK employers improve access to resource efficient measures in the nation's offices. A dedicated web page provides a package of free advice on inspiring action among employees including eye-catching downloadable posters.
Make the change now by visiting the make the change page. http://www.envirowise.gov.uk/page.aspx?o=207704
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