In support of Earth Day, we are considering how offices can become more eco-friendly. Long gone are the days of fax machines and working on paper; now the biggest office evil is single-use plastic. Earth Day is held annually to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness; it calls for action for the protection of our planet. This year it falls on 22nd April and more than 193 countries will take part in promoting its importance.
It’s no secret that HR departments across the world are sitting on data treasure troves with the potential to inform the direction of the business if opened and used correctly. Data is any HR’s most important asset. It can be used to improve decision-making, make employees happier and optimise processes no matter how ingrained they are. Basically, it can add a colossal amount of value to any company if utilised intelligently. This claim can be made because data is at the heart of every decision a business makes; if analysed correctly, past mistakes can be avoided, and the future of the business can be shaped. Rather than employing the hamster wheel effect of repeating set processes that are tried and tested, why not use data and analytics to pave a new path in your business, especially considering the evolution of businesses in this digital age.
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Sir Richard Branson has been one of the most outspoken advocates for nurturing a great company culture and the benefits it has for employers and employees alike. He believes, “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business. It’s as simple as that”, encouraging the importance of fostering employees and how it is the best investment a business could make. Everyone knows that a successful company is built by talented, dedicated employees (even the word ‘company’ is etymologically linked to ‘people’). With the average UK worker spending over 82,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime, it’s critical that these labour hours are nurtured. In recent years, companies are gradually learning to acknowledge this statistic, rather than deny its existence, and what it means for their business if those 82,000 hours are spent wisely. Studies after studies demonstrate the causal link between a boost in employee wellbeing and productivity; something every business constantly needs to improve.