Engage staff in solutions
The public are becoming more and more aware of sustainability, and many people are taking climate action in their day-to-day lives.
Which is why they now expect their employers to do the same:
By taking sustainability seriously, you can have a competitive advantage when it comes to recruitment and staff retention.
And with the best people on your team, you can become more profitable, more resilient and do your bit for the planet too!
Rather than giving people a menu card of the actions they can take, give them a cooking lesson
Kris de Meyer, Neuroscientist
In the 2021 Edelman Trust report, 62% of employees said they expect to have a seat at the table to change corporations.
In order to gain buy-in and engagement in sustainability, it’s essential that your people are part of the process.
This means having representatives from a range of departments in your green team or sustainability group. This will increase the diversity of solutions and reduce siloed thinking!
But where do you start?
- Set up a green team with representativies from across departments
- Include people with decision-making authority
- Create time in people’s diaries for them to do additional training. (A programme with short training modules of 10-15 minutes is ideal)
- Host meetings with team members to discuss change
- Take a systemic view to change, considering how your organisation and culture may be inhibiting this
I can support you to engage your team by:
- Online training in behaviour change and understanding your audience
- Facilitating workshops to engage and explore the barriers and solutions to change
- Facilitating the development of your sustainability policy and/or action plan
- Providing a lunch and learn session
As well as working towards B Corp certification, we’re keen to find ways to improve our knowledge and action around sustainability issues. With this in mind, we asked Livvy to create a staff engagement workshop for us. The workshop used a concept board which was a fun way to collate all our team’s contributions online.
With Livvy’s informed guidance, we covered many aspects of both personal and business sustainability impacts. We’ve ended up with a long list of possible action points to explore – and we’re looking forward to doing some more of her workshops in the future.
Sophie Williams – Mytton Williams
Who am I?
I’m Livvy, a behaviour change expert and sustainability consultant on a mission to engage people beyond the green echo chamber and help changemakers, like you, create real impact!
Pre-Blue Planet, I was the person putting up posters around the office about plastic pollution and wondering why nobody cared as much as me.
And then I discovered behavioural science, systems thinking and design thinking. This flipped my approach on its head, to start by investigating the barriers and friction to change. Now I use these principles to engage teams and ensure they are part of the solution when an organisation develops their sustainability agenda.