sustainability in human resources


Being environmentally friendly has become a priority in many areas of life, including in human resources. With the oil crisis affecting us all, there has been a strong push towards a greener lifestyle. So there is no better time to make your human resources department as green as possible. Sustainability in human resources has also gained popularity in recent years, with labels such as “Green HR” often being used.

This leads to the following question: How can you make your human resources department more environmentally friendly?

  1. Home Office: As the pandemic has forced many companies to enable working from home, it has also led to a reduction in carbon emissions from not having to commute to work more or less frequently. This is also made easier by the fact that many jobs have flexible hours, meaning you can work at a time and place that is convenient for you. Therefore, setting up home office opportunities in your company, or at least a hybrid model with a mix of office and home office options, could help achieve a green workforce policy.
  1. Digital recruiting: This method is gaining popularity in human resources because it makes it easier to evaluate applicants, increases efficiency and increases productivity. Applicants can view a job description online, submit their CV, cover letter and all other documents digitally, while the recruiter has instant access to them and can store them digitally for future reference. This is not only more practical, but also much more environmentally friendly. In addition, many employers opt for virtual interviews. This also enables a green HR policy, as there is no need to travel to the site for an interview.
  1. Digital personnel files: Similar to onboarding new employees, digitizing employee files is also a great way to keep your HR department as green as possible. This not only eliminates the need for physical copies of documents, but also greatly speeds up changes in HR. This, in turn, reduces paper usage and helps make your HR department green!
  1. Digital payslips: If your HR department hasn't adopted digital payslips yet, now is the best time to start! If you save them digitally, you can access them at any time, see past payslips and no longer have to have them sent to your home. This in turn reduces CO2 emissions and significantly speeds up HR work.

If going green is a priority for your HR department, it's important to set your goals and determine what factors are most important to you. This way you can start implementing green initiatives (if your department doesn't already have one!).

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