3 ways to become an eco-friendly business

In today's work culture, going "green" is one of the best things companies can do to avoid the negative spotlight. There are many ways to make the transition to become an eco-friendly business, including adopting new energy-efficient technologies and deploying operational procedures that require less physical paperwork.

The demand to go green has steadily increased during the past several years, as organizations endure repeated criticism for being too dependent on fossil fuels, according to a report by the Ecopreneurist. Fortunately, there are three simple ways for businesses to be more eco-friendly.

1. Making the paperless transition
One of the most effective ways to go green to is implement new back office procedures that use less physical paper, the news source said. Creating mountains of physical paperwork does not only waste money on ink cartridges and storage space, it also has a negative impact on the environment.

A common problem many enterprises face is the "just print it" mentality, which drives a firm's energy expenses and misuses a significant amount of paper, the Ecopreneurist said. Educating employees on a new workplace state of mind will help organizations be more green.

2. Using efficient technologies
After making the move away from physical paperwork and converting confidential files into digital format, decision-makers need to consider using new solutions to manage this workload, according to the news source. By leveraging an innovative document management system, businesses can securely store and retrieve mission-critical information in an efficient manner.

The importance of leveraging document management software was echoed in another report by KnowledgeTree. While document management may be a challenge, it is necessary.

"Real-time co-authoring and collaboration tools bring a structured approach to document management that amplifies efficiency and helps companies rule their documents," said Daniel Chalef, CEO of KnowledgeTree.

3. Small changes make monumental differences
Finally, decision-makers need to accept the fact that going paperless and becoming an eco-friendly organization will likely change operations. However, that doesn't mean companies need to make the transition in one fell swoop, the Ecopreneurist said.

Instead, businesses should take their time to ensure they implement the right practices, policies and technologies to guarantee the firm doesn't experience any performance setbacks during the metamorphosis, the news source said. After all, small changes will eventually make a big difference.