Employees want growth opportunities: Young people have always wanted to start on career paths with growth opportunities, and the opportunities related to Green Jobs are growing exponentially.
Employees want to make a difference: A MonsterTRACK study states that 80 percent of young professionals are interested in a career that makes a positive impact on the environment, and 92 percent prefer to work for a company that is green, environmentally friendly, or has some general eco-awareness.
Employees seek energy-conscious employers: According to a poll by Mortgage Lenders Network USA, 94 percent of Americans prefer to work in a building that is designed to be energy efficient and ecologically sound, recognizing LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as a common standard.
Employees prefer telecommuting options: The necessity to physically change locations in order to accomplish a task has recently been challenged by employee value for energy conservation, environment impacts, family values, and other issues.
Employees want employers to walk the talk: In Portland, Oregon, your company isn’t really green unless there is a bike cage in the parking structure, a compost bin in the lunchroom, fume-free paint on the walls, and recycled glass on the lobby front desk.
Employees gravitate towards common sustainable goals: Organizations that are creating business sustainability through an elevated sense of teamwork and establishing an emotional tie between the employee and the organization are attracting top talent.
There is much more to employee engagement than satisfaction. Today’s business sustainability leaders realize that a productive workforce must be keenly aligned with the goals of the organization.
Julie Urlaub is the founder and managing partner of Taiga Company, a sustainability social media consulting firm, where she aids clients to powerfully engage in sustainability-related issues and stakeholder communications in the social space. She can be contacted at www.taigacompany.com | @taigacompany | Facebook/TaigaCompany