Millennials want to inspire change in their workplace by encouraging sustainability
A new study led by Rubbermaid Commercial Products, titled “Recycling in the workplace: A millennial view,” examined the millennial generation’s attitudes toward their workplace and views on sustainability.
The study revealed three key findings:
1. Millennials consider sustainability a core value in relation to their careers. Nine out of 10 millennials, in fact, believe it is important to work for a sustainable company.
2. They also want to make an impact on their work environment and help their company become more sustainable.
3. Ultimately, they believe employers have a responsibility to encourage recycling in the workplace.
“The findings of our recycling study show a tangible commitment to sustainability as a requirement for the next generation of workers,” said Anna Whitton, vice president of marketing at Rubbermaid Commercial Products. “Millennials are ready to make a difference and willing to turn down jobs that don't align with their beliefs. RCP will continue working with this emerging generation to promote waste reduction and provide superior recycling solutions in commercial environments.”
About 84 percent of millennials feel there could be a more effective system to improve recycling in the workplace:
1. Add more recycling points in the office.
2. Color code the recycling system.
3. Provide more information about the importance of recycling.
4. Provide more information about how to recycle more effectively.
As millennials are the largest component of the U.S. workforce and have a great influence, it is important for companies to prioritize sustainability in order to reap their loyalty.