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Employees Want Companies to Start Thinking Green

Employees Want Companies to Start Thinking Green Although sharing corporate environmental practices data may serve to inform the public, extensive disclosure may stunt companies' initiatives to become more environmentally friendly, the study researchers warn. / Credit: Plant via Shutterstock

Today's socially conscious employees are expecting much more from their employer than just a paycheck, new research shows.

A study by the personal-energy-management platform WattzOn revealed that more than three-quarters of U.S. workers think it's important that their employer take action to protect the environment.

Working for an environmentally friendly company is so important to some workers that they're willing to pass on future job opportunities and invest the additional money to do so. The research shows that one in four employees would be likely to look for a new job if they discovered their employer had a bad record on environmental issues, while more than 20 percent would probably accept a 5 percent pay cut to work for a company that takes strong action to protect the environment.

The research found that most workers are not happy with the environmental efforts their employers currently make, with less than 30 percent saying they were very satisfied with their employer's programs to help the environment.

Currently, recycling and waste-reduction programs are the most prevalent "green" programs employers utilize both inside and outside the workplace.

Moreover, employees think their company should go beyond the workplace to improve environmental efforts. Three-quarters of the workers surveyed said they are interested in their employer providing free resources to help reduce home energy use and bills.

"Employees are demanding more effort from their employers in developing programs to help protect the environment at the office and at home," said Steven Ashby, co-founder and chief product officer of WattzOn. "U.S. employees are looking for the tools to help them make environmentally beneficial changes to their behavior and would like to receive these tools through their employer's benefits and corporate social responsibility programs."

The study was based on surveys of 500 full-time employed American adults working in a variety of industries, including finance, health care, IT, management, legal, retail and real estate.

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer who has nearly 15 years' experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.