Studio and club owners, you may want to adopt and publicize your environmentally friendly practices as part of your efforts to promote a culture of health. As an example of how an alignment of positive energies creates a win-win dynamic, ”greener” firms are associated with higher employee productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2012; doi: 10.1002/job.1827).
“Adopting green practices isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your employees, and it’s good for your bottom line. Employees in green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms,” said lead study author Magali Delmas, environmental economist at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles.
Researchers hypothesized that various factors may explain why employee productivity increases when a firm implements “green” practices: the company’s reputation improves, employee pride increases, there is more staff training, and communication improves. Other benefits include attracting candidates who are excited to join a green company and improved health among employees who work with cleaning products (from reduced exposure to toxins that can cause headaches, allergies and sick days). The scientists’ theory was substantiated by data analysis of surveys of randomly selected employees at 5,220 French companies.
To learn more about the study, go to www.environment.ucla.edu/news/article.asp.