Four R’s to Rejuvenate Your Environmental Impact

Sustainability in the workplace has gone far beyond being a ‘trend’, or a way to differentiate your business and build your brand – it’s become the norm. As millennials are moving into executive positions, and generation begins to enter the workforce, more and more high-quality employees are looking to work with and build organizations which are aligned with their personal ideologies. And to say that environmentally consciousness is top of mind for the next generations, is an understatement.

As your business continues to grow, and you seek out architecture, design and furniture solutions that speak to the direction in which you are moving, consider these four R’s as excellent routes for giving your sustainability efforts a refresh.

Traditional Recycling: If you’re looking to completely remove pieces from your office in efforts of updating your office stylistically or ergonomically (or both for that matter), you can dismantle pieces into their constituent parts (such as plastic, wood, metal, etc) and recycle them appropriately.

Repair: Breathe new life into tired furniture and fittings with new fabrics, textiles and paint. What was once an outdated workplace furniture solution can quickly become a trendy, one-of-a-kind statement piece that shows employees, clients and/or customers you are up to speed with current design trends! Polishers up can executive furniture to return it to its original brilliance, reupholster pieces in new fabrics, and opt for carpet and/or leather cleaning to remove stubborn stains that may be dating (and devaluing) your brand.

Resale: Do some research into whether there is a market for your second-hand furniture. If so, arrange for its resale to help recoup some of the cost – funds which can be put back into updating your workplace with new furniture solutions that better reflect the direction your business is moving in.

Reuse: Consider matching your old office furniture with need among charities. Many not-for-profit agencies and organizations could benefit from receiving furniture solutions that aren’t at the top of their priority list in terms of investment. In helping to drive charitable work forward – you become an organization that helps communities thrive. This goes far beyond being a ‘feel good’ measure as it establishes your brand as being community driven and socially responsible.

Oh – and don’t forget about IT.

Recycling IT: If your devices and IT equipment that have come to the end of their business lifecycle, and you are in need of an upgrade in order to ensure your technological capabilities are ahead of the curve in your industry, they can often be recycled. If you wipe your data and hard drives in order to protect your confidentiality, products can often be donated to charitable organizations, who will in turn pass them on to grateful end users. If your IT products or devices.

Future of Workspaces – Tomorrow’s Workplace Arrives Today

As our technological landscape continues to evolve, so too is our modern workplace. More and more frequently, offices are moving away from centralised locations, to more suburban communities that allow space for innovative workplace solutions. Creating ‘hubs’, has revolutionized the entire concept of the workplace.

Picture an office filled with people. But unlike a traditional office, where all of those people work for the same company or organization,  some of them are freelance writers, graphic designers, programmers and developers; others are in the process of forming start-up companies or working for very small firms. The workspace may simply be a large room where people work at couches, tables and bench desks, or it may contain carrels, cubicles, private offices and even classrooms. These hubs, are the future of the workplace.

Workplace hubs, and the flexibility they allow are leading to greater productivity, increased creativity, lowered levels of work related stress and boosted overall job satisfaction. The ability to approach problems from a variety of angles addresses a simple, but critical, need for employees to embrace collaboration and take advantage of being elbow-to-elbow with other innovators.

As we redefine the parameters of work and how it is conducted, architects and designers are looking to integrate solutions that bring local ‘flavour’ into the workspace. A co-working hub based in Canada for instance, might introduce cedar desking solutions. These Corker pendant lights, are a direct reflection of the iconic Australian cork hat while also embracing the sustainable properties of cork as a material.

Sustainable, collaborative workplaces are redefining the parameters of how we work. As the workforce continues to embrace innovative solutions, employers and employees alike will only benefit from getting onboard!

Featured photo by Julia Sperling

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