Many companies are taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint. Whether part of a CSR programme or good old ethics, reducing our carbon footprint is not only beneficial to the environment but also to ourselves and ultimately the companies we work for. This has become so important that entire economies are being built to help us reduce our impact on the environment. Pursuing such endeavours can also have the added benefit of contributing to companies’ bottom line; the perfect win-win game everyone should be playing.
The lean movement is one of those ideas that is helping businesses gain traction across the globe. The fundamental principle is to remove that which is unnecessary so that you can focus on your core business, without getting bogged down by ancillary direct and indirect costs. This approach can also be taken to reduce companies’ carbon footprints whilst providing opportunities to free up resources and focus on core directives; helping to save time, money and manpower and enabling growth.
Here are four quick tips that can not only help you reduce your environmental impact, but lower your operational overheads.
- Embrace the digital workspace
For businesses to survive and thrive they need to be extremely mobile; both in terms of strategy, as well as operations. By embracing the digital workspace and weaning yourself off paper usage, not only will you be more mobile, but you will also be saving trees. Use cloud storage to ensure files are available whenever and wherever you need them without having to hunt for files ever again.
- Work from home
In embracing the digital workspace and the lean movement, nothing can help companies more by adopting work from home strategies for their employees. Numerous studies have shown that employees are more productive when working from home whilst at the same time less office space is required; meaning you’ll save money from expensive rent and associated costs.
- Recycle old hardware
Office-based staff need access to data and applications in order to perform their duties. Computing hardware often sits on a short refresh cycle as companies strive to improve user experience, increase performance and mitigate the risk of failure. It needn’t be like that, and repurposing ageing hardware is a great way for companies to improve corporate agility and performance whilst sweating their assets and conserving valuable resources. This always results in reducing cost and carbon footprint. At Tilt Technology, we work with Stratodesk to help our partners and their customers maximise their investments in hardware. Speak to our team to find out about Stratodesk NoTouch OS and how it could reduce your customers’ impact on the environment.
- Embrace the power of centralisation
When looking to expand operations, Raspberry Pi thin clients can not only save direct costs, but also make rollouts and moves that much easier. These ubiquitous devices are changing the world due to their low cost, customisability, and size. They also require less maintenance which reduces overheads and since the processing is done centrally, any required updates are done centrally saving both time, money, and decreasing security risks.
Sustainability is one of the tenets of any great business. Reducing the negative impact on the environment should also be sustainable so that our businesses can grow and the environment flourishes. By using technology effectively, we can very easily do both so that everyone gains, and the business grows.