Another way that green employers can bring more job satisfaction to employees is to offer green benefits above and beyond the usual benefit package. Depending on the employer that can mean a lot of different things, from offering time off to volunteer for an earth-friendly cause to providing alternative transportation options such as sponsoring a hybrid car purchase.
According to the article, “Renewable Energy Firms Strike Gold with Employee Benefits,” employees at one net carbon neutral company cite a benefit of working there as the opportunity to work with others who share their values to live a “healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.” Plus this small firm of just six employees “encourages morning group workouts, subsidizes gym memberships and grants time off for marathons.” They say these green employee benefits keep them happy and involved.
While businesses have long been concerned about what it would cost to go green, a February 2008 report from Brockmann and Company shows that companies which focus on things such as…
…recycling in the office, reducing energy consumption in the office and use video conferencing or telepresence technologies intensively, have higher customer satisfaction, higher employee satisfaction and higher revenues per employee.
Another report by Greenbiz.com, Toward Engagement 2.0: Creating a More Sustainable Company through Employee Engagement, offers various company case studies of green employee engagement programs and benefits that were provided. Some of the green benefits could include compensation or bonuses, recognition programs, and prizes and incentives for green behaviors.