Successful energy management requires involvement from your employees. Empower and motivate your workforce to contribute to your energy strategy and goals
How it works
Create a Communications Plan.
Raising employee awareness of your energy performance goals is critical to success. Since many energy-saving improvements require staff behavioral changes, employee support and participation is key. Identify the employee groups (e.g., facility managers) to communicate with, determine the type of information they need, and tailor messaging to each group.
Invest in Energy Trainings.
Informed employees are more likely to contribute ideas, operate equipment more efficiently, and follow energy-related best practices. Invest in training employees on energy management to help ensure the success of your plan. The type of trainings will depend on the energy saving opportunities identified in your energy action plan and should be customized to specific groups. For example, some employees may require specialized training on specific equipment.
Establish Feedback Mechanisms.
Energy management is a two-way conversation with your employees. Develop a formalized way for employees to submit feedback, share ideas on energy management, and flag potential energy saving opportunities.
Motivate and Incentivize Participation.
Offer incentives to motivate employee participation. Incentives can take many forms—for example, internal competitions, comparing performance between facilities or offices, or spotlighting and rewarding employees who identify energy saving opportunities. This can help employees feel a sense of personal ownership and contribution to energy management.
How you benefit
- Drive organization-wide support of your energy goals and plan
- Raise employee awareness of ways and opportunities to reduce energy use
- Increase retention for employees seeking careers with sustainability-minded companies
When you should consider it
Employee engagement may be good for your business if you are:
- Identifying energy performance goals and opportunities
- Establishing cultural change involving energy management across your organization
- Implementing energy saving opportunities that require employee behavioral changes
- Training your employees on operating specific equipment and systems
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