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Green HRM: A Guide to Implementing Sustainable Human Resource Practices

 Integrating eco-friendly processes and policies into your human resource management approach can reduce operating costs while encouraging employees to think holistically about corporate social responsibility.

Employees appreciate when organizations demonstrate a concern for the environment and society. Many even take great pride in working at companies which employ environmentally friendly practices.

Employee Engagement

Implementing green practices within an organization is an excellent way to raise employee awareness of environmental concerns, while simultaneously building pride. Following green initiatives can also improve retention rates while helping companies build positive brands within the market and attract customers. Going green comes in various forms, from conducting environmental audits and upgrading work culture, through waste management practices, to publicizing contributions made via social media - giving companies brand recognition through these contributions made towards environmental improvement.

Rising numbers of organizations are turning to Green HRM practices in order to lower their environmental footprint, but research on this topic remains limited. Thus, this study's objective was to investigate how Green HRM practices affect employees' engagement with environmental initiatives via a survey sent to 337 officials and faculty members at universities.

Results show that leadership behavior plays a substantial role in mediating the relationship between green HRM practices and employee engagement with environmental initiatives, and employee engagement rates. Furthermore, personality traits play a part in predicting whether individuals engage in their organization's green initiatives; for instance people who identify themselves as socially or ecologically aware tend to become more invested than non-oriented workers with eco-friendly initiatives in their company.

Performance Management

Modern human resources managers are charged with creating Green HRM policies that support their organizations in meeting sustainability goals. This means aligning human resources functions such as hiring and training, compensation and employment relations with a company's sustainability strategy for optimal results. GHRM strives to foster a culture within their organization encouraging employees to make more eco-friendly choices at work and create an eco-friendly work environment.

Employee performance management can help create a green culture. This can be accomplished by including green-related tasks into job descriptions and evaluation processes; even simple questions about climate change during interviews can allow HR departments to assess candidates' level of ecological awareness.

HR can aid the adoption of an eco-friendly office environment by leading eco-friendly projects that focus on electronic filing, car sharing and job swapping, virtual interviews via teleconferencing software, recycling programs, online recruitment/training programs and energy efficient office spaces.

Social media can also help businesses foster a green workplace by spreading word of green events and activities on the platform. This will encourage more people to join the green movement while simultaneously building brand recognition. Through such campaigns, companies can reduce carbon emissions while creating an improved work environment for employees while saving money by purchasing used equipment for HR needs rather than purchasing brand new goods and equipment.


HR departments can demonstrate their dedication to sustainable practices in various ways when recruiting employees, from recycling programs and reusing coffee cups, offering holistic health options, paid time off for volunteering or environmental causes, energy efficient office spaces and providing paid leave - these all can serve to attract and retain top talent.

Once an employee is onboard, companies can also support green initiatives by making them part of their culture and inviting employees to contribute in creating them. By encouraging employees to take active steps towards sustainability at home as well as work, presenteeism/absenteeism rates decrease while production rises accordingly.

HR departments can utilize their influence and power to promote and encourage eco-friendly behaviors among employees. For instance, HR can encourage double-sided photocopying, car sharing, teleconferencing and paperless documents - as well as implement online training courses and energy efficient workspaces which have an immediate positive effect on the environment.

Companies should also consider introducing carbon offsets and revolving loan funds dedicated to sustainable projects, with employees receiving rewards for contributing towards sustainability - this will make employees feel valued while showing they care about the community. A Dolan study revealed that 76% of Millennials prefer working for organizations which care about environmental sustainability.


Human Resources departments within companies are charged with overseeing green initiatives and maintaining an eco-conscious workforce, such as through hiring, training, development, remuneration and advancement of human capital - this practice is known as Green HR Management (GHRM).

Not only can this approach reduce energy costs, it will also help the company reduce their carbon footprint and foster environmental awareness. Employees will take pride knowing their employers care for both society and environment - this has caused many companies to adopt Greenhouse Gas Reduction Management practices in their workplaces.

Implementation of GHRM has proven its worth in increasing employee retention rate and improving productivity, while simultaneously helping to lower service costs, and encouraging the use of environmentally-friendly equipment and processes. Furthermore, GHRM helps foster an atmosphere of responsibility among employees which increases morale and motivation among them.

Modern companies are increasingly turning towards green business models as they look for ways to save money while simultaneously prioritizing sustainability and eco-friendliness. Many organizations are turning to Green HR, or Human Resource Greening, as an effective strategy that incorporates Earth-friendly practices across all aspects of their operation, from employee selection and communication methods, all the way through employee selection. If these new initiatives are to be effective they must be fully supported by every member of an organization.

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