Accountants can go green to improve environment, workplace culture
July 29, 2014

Being eco-friendly is something on many people's minds, no matter where they're located or what industry they're in. Many individuals believe that each one of us has to do their parts in ensuring the Earth remains a safe, enjoyable place for generations to come. This has become a major concern in the face of changing climates, rising ocean levels and other concerning factors.

Because this is such an important tenet in society currently, entire companies are figuring out ways to reduce their carbon footprints for best results. This is something accounting firm owners might want to look into - even a little effort goes a long way.

And, the benefits are fantastic. Not only is this something leaders can feel good about doing, but promoting the office as green can attract new hires and clients alike. People will want to work with - and for - companies that take a vested interest keeping the planet beautiful for all of us. How can firm leaders make their office green?

Embrace digital workflows
One of the biggest steps to going green is reducing paper waste. This is easy to do at a firm - bookkeepers no longer have to print out files and manually record transactions, they can accomplish all of this via accounting software. Not only are these programs better for the environment, because they're automated, work is often done more efficiently and in a simpler manner.

Offer incentives
If it's worth it for employees to adopt a green lifestyle, why wouldn't they? Accounting firm owners can make this transition easier by doing things like offering discounts on public transportation passes to reducing gas emissions or giving rebates to workers who subscribe to industry magazines or newsletters on a digital medium. If staffers can see a benefit to incorporating green strategies into their lives and their work, it will make the change smoother.

Inventory office products
Administrators at accounting firms might want to consider cutting back on certain elements within the office that don't flow well with the environmentally friendly office. For instance, it might be time to get rid of the printers and copy machines - if work is being done online anyway, why do workers need to waste paper, ink and energy creating tangible documents? Also, rather than buying a water cooler and plastic jug refills, asking employees to replenish from the tap could be a cost effective and green tactic.

Nexus: G-WEBCD6