Having formed and implemented a green team at your company is a crucial first step in ensuring sustainability practices are put into practice. However, keeping it active and effective can pose a new challenge – one that may be more difficult than expected. This Green Tip shares some ideas to keep in mind to ensure your staff stays happily committed to a greener future.
Firstly, it is important to hold regular meetings. Agreeing to meet on a regular basis will help to give everyone a better sense of the meaningfulness of their commitment. Keeping everyone in the loop on arising issues and finding common ground on the development of projects will also help the team members to brainstorm new ideas and encourage them to share feedback on what’s working and amendments may be required. Setting priorities by discussing most doable projects and setting realistic goals will be beneficial to ensure fruitful achievements.
Allow the meeting to be a fun get-together as you will get more active participation if you lighten the mood. You may consider turning the next meeting into a healthy lunch meeting – boosting your team members with some nourishment may be a great way to recharge.
Be sure to always recognize and show appreciation for your green team members and volunteers. While some may be drowning in work at times, it is important to break down barriers to engagement by spreading out the work load. Encourage collaboration and learning.
Lastly, get the word out on the involvement of your green team members by creating a newsletter or blog to show everyone else how easy it is to get involved and be the change they want to see.
You can also find more tips for a successful green team here.