Going green improves employee engagement

Workplace perceptions of employers’ environmental programs and practices help sustain high employee engagement.

Among Aon Hewitt’s list of Canada’s Green 30 organizations, 83% of employees have a positive perception of their employer’s eco-friendly efforts, compared with only 45% among the 30 organizations with the least positive employee perceptions.

“Our analysis indicates that building and maintaining high employee satisfaction with social and environment practices is a key factor in sustaining strong employee engagement,” says Neil Crawford, Aon Hewitt’s leader of the Best Employer in Canada study.

He adds: “Employees in Green 30 organizations are consistent in their positive perceptions across a range of environmental stewardship dimensions and are well aware of their employers’ eco-friendly efforts.”

The list was compiled by Aon Hewitt based on employee opinion data collected as part of the annual Best Employers in Canada study and Best Small and Medium Employers study. More than 190,000 employees and 2,500 leaders in 280 organizations participated in the 2013 edition of these studies.

The Green 30 list appears in the May 20 issue of Maclean’s magazine, which is now available on newsstands.