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Being environment-friendly and sustainable is not just the need of the hour, it has become a human obligation. The world is hanging by a thread, and we need to change that. Every sector is doing its bit to 'go green' and you can read this article to know how the staffing industry can pitch in too!

We need to take care of our home. We have to take care of Earth, whose strings of rejuvenation have been pushed and pulled so much that it is at a vulnerable state now. If you think that one step or one person can't make a difference, you are very mistaken. Each action for a sustainable future counts. We can't continue acting as if we don't have choices. There's a greener option for every little decision we make and soon, the responsibility of creating a healthier planet will pass onto the shoulders of large organizations.

The reason why HR is important in the 'green movement' is that corporations all around, have a huge impact on the globe as a whole. They impact governments and also the decisions that they make.

They also have a huge effect on individual employees, everything from where they live to what technology they use. The fastest and most efficient way to implement more sustainable practices for living and working can start with making changes in these corporations.

In this article, you can learn how you can have a green HR and talent acquisition team to save money, and the environment.

1) Go 'Cloud'

There are various solutions available to support HR professionals in their quest to become more sustainable.

According to William Clifford, Microsoft's chief environmental strategist - the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for cloud-hosted deployments were much better than on-premise deployments. When small-scale organizations (up to 100 users) move to the cloud, instead of using their local servers, the carbon footprint reduction goes up to 90%. For large organizations, it's about 30%.

According to a case study based on a large consumer goods company, it was calculated that 32% of energy use and its carbon emissions would be saved by moving 50,000 email users in North America and Europe to Microsoft's equivalent cloud offering.

The shift to cloud computing will not just prevent the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but it will also save billions of dollars. Cloud computing will also prevent 4.5 million tons of CO2 emissions from entering the Earth's atmosphere.

2) Virtual Interviewing

Employers or candidates sometimes have to travel long distances, wasting time, money, resources to get from Point A to Point B for an interview. Can this be avoided? Yes. If you change the conventional process of recruiting and carry it out online, you'd be amazed at the advantages that will ensue. Because of technology, we have everything at the tip of our fingers. So, why not put it to good use? We can easily use tools like video conferencing to meet potentially great candidates who might otherwise be excluded from the interview process.

Through virtual interviews, you can observe body language, ask follow-up questions, and also analyze their responses to the tricky questions.

Live virtual interviews are the same as having candidates sitting across you in a room. The only thing is you can't shake their hands or walk them to the door.

Imagine you flew a candidate in from another city and then realized that he/she isn't a good fit. In that situation, you wouldn't have only lost money but also a lot of precious time in the preparation and execution of the interview. Let's not forget that you can interview more people within a limited time frame if it's done virtually.

When the interviews are done virtually, the environmental benefits are plenty. No cars. No fumes. No wasting or harming of existing resources.

3) 'Work From Home' As An Option

If the nature of a job is such that it can be done from home the same way it can be done in the office, then provide an option for the employees to work from home. Telecommuting means that employees don't have to drive, which means fewer cars, and less pollution. Even if your employees can't work from home every day, even one day a week would make a major difference.

Greenhouse gas emissions could be brought down by 107 million tons per year if everyone worked from home. And also, a country's reliance on oil from foreign countries could be brought down by 80%. Reports also suggest that employees are happier with home offices rather than going to a common office.

4) Carpooling System

If your employees do require to travel to the office, then create a carpooling system that prevents them from using their cars. It would kick the pollution level to the curb. Encourage your employees to use this method of traveling to the office by providing certain incentives.

Perhaps, a free cup of coffee for everyone who uses the carpooling system? Or maybe a badge acknowledging them to be 'eco-warriors'? Whatever the incentive is, they need to understand and respect the green movement.

Your efforts for a greener environment shouldn't be superficial, as superficiality doesn't have a long shelf-life. The concern for the environment should come from a genuine place and not be just to attract new employees or just be for show.

5) Green HR Processes

It is a fact that the younger generation looks for eco-friendly efforts when it comes to potential employers. And recruiters would want to attract the respect and attention of this generation, as they are the future of the workplace and mankind in general.

According to research, people aged 25 or under, value the 'green movement' the most. You must've come across protests, rallies, or campaigns in which this generation is the most active. Specifically for Gen Y, there is a strong link between being environmentally aware and their respective workplaces. It's not just about a job and a paycheck for these people, it's about finding an employer who understands and shares his/her values, including the desperation to save the planet from it's impending doom.

Having sustainable staffing processes will help your clientele know that you care about the community and wish to make a difference.

When we talk about green HR practices, we refer to practices like using software instead of papers to store and maintain data, or asking yourself questions like, is there a person responsible to keep track of and reduce your company's carbon footprint? Do your job descriptions or website content reflect your commitment to go green? Is your company involved in green practices and activities even outside of the office? Have you ever noticed the carbon footprint of your recruitment process? Are the heads of the company aware of the company's environmental impact and is any work being done to reduce it? The message needs to be out there and the action too.

Use Stafflist, and take the first step towards the 'green movement'.