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How Eco-Friendly Is Your Workplace?

Much of the business talk in 2014 is about how businesses across the UK are going to cut down their emissions and create a more eco-friendly, ‘green’ workplace that will benefit the environment and cut costs.

So how eco-friendly is your workplace? What regulations do you have in place to monitor and reduce waste? Do you subscribe to any kind of government green scheme? What is being done to ensure that your carbon footprint is as small as possible?

Incredibly, in this age of smartphones, Wi-Fi and cloud-based servers, many workplaces still utilise more paper than they need to. Indeed, the Paperless Project estimates that employees in offices spend around 30-40% of their work time searching for paper forms, invoices or letters, and it takes an average of 18 minutes to find one single document.

Many workplaces still make use of paper timesheets, which take up not only time, but space in the office too – in fact, experts estimate that the average business grows by around 22% a year, which means the amount of paper used and storage will double in just over three years.

Then there is the green aspect. In the past two decades – the beginning of the so-called ‘digital’ era – the combined usage of the world’s top ten paper users has increased from 92 million tonnes to 208 million; growth of 126%. If just 15,000 pounds of this paper were recycled, the savings would equate to the following:

  • 125 trees
  • 1,950 gallons of oil
  • 24 cubic yards of land fill space
  • 30,000 kilowatts of energy
  • 52,500 gallons of water.

If more businesses adopted paperless systems like IQ:timecard, which tracks all payroll and timecard data in a hosted solution, the energy savings and environmental impact would be dramatic.

With the digital revolution ongoing, and new innovations changing the way we carry out everyday tasks such as signing papers and storing files, there is little excuse for businesses not to make an effort to reduce paper consumption throughout their workplace. IQ:timecard helps to cut down the amount of paper used dramatically by rendering all timecards and written payroll information redundant. Employees don’t need to scribble down their hours on a piece of paper that contributes to the ravaging of the environment (and has a 7.5% chance of getting lost anyway) – now they can use digital systems that are highly efficient and consume much less paper along the way.