Results of a North American survey released today by Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) to measure environmental consciousness in the workplace, found that work colleagues may have some strong objections to those who don't walk-the-green-talk at the office.
Almost half (46 per cent) of Canadian respondents said the number one office environmental pet peeve was leaving the lights on in unused offices, followed closely (45 per cent) by mindless printing, resulting in abandoned pages at the printer.
A review of the other top office pet peeves included; excessive use of paper products - like plates and cups (43 per cent); printing single-sided instead of double-sided documents (41 per cent); leaving PCs on over night when not in use (36 per cent) and pollution associated with commuting (36 per cent).
"Environmental awareness starts at home for most people, and the workplace needs to do more to catch up. If you look at what the survey revealed, becoming 'green' at work can actually be quite simple," said Patricia A. Calkins, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety at Xerox. "It's not only the right thing to do for our world, but it's also good for business and morale."
The survey, which polled 1,569 office workers across the U.S. and Canada, revealed that U.S. women (91%) consider themselves more eco-conscious than their male counterparts (86%). In Canada, age had a noticeable effect on environmental consciousness -- older workers (aged 50+) ranked higher in environmental awareness than their younger colleagues (aged 18-24). Of the older set, 43 percent rated themselves "extremely" or "very green" compared to only 35 per cent of the younger generation.
The survey also revealed some key differences in environmental attitudes between American and Canadian office workers. Of note:
- 96% of Canadians consider themselves "somewhat green," and 88% consider their workplace to be the same
- 86% of Americans consider themselves "somewhat green," but only 66% consider their workplace to be the same
- Almost double the number of Canadians (46%) are frustrated with colleagues that do not print on both sides of the page than Americans (24%)
- 35% of Canadian office workers found excessive amounts of cover sheets for faxing / printing and having to store paper copies of electronic files more annoying than their American counterparts (24%)
- 36% of Canadian office employees found lack of commuting options, such as public transport or carpooling frustrating, compared to only 21% of Americans
- Women proved to be the most diverse demographic when it came to environmental attitudes: only 21% of American female employees considered themselves "extremely" or "very green," a figure that was double in Canada (44%)
The top ten environmental pet peeves among Canadian office workers:
- Leaving the lights on in unused office space
- Mindless printing resulting in increased waste
- Excessive use of paper products, like cups, plates, etc.
- Printing single-sided instead of double-sided
- Leaving computer on / not powering down when going home
- Traffic (lack of public transport options or carpools)
- Too many cover sheets when faxing or printing
- Excessive air conditioning in summer and heat in winter
- Storing paper copies of existing electronic files
- Lack of appropriate recycling facilities
About the survey
Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 1,563 adults working in an office in Canada and the United States from March 5 - March 22, 2008 on behalf of Xerox Corporation. Respondents were asked to rate their environmental consciousness and select which common office practices with negative environmental impact bothered them.
About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is a global leader in custom market research. With a long and rich history in multimodal research that is powered by our science and technology, we assist clients in achieving business results. Harris Interactive serves clients globally through North American, European and Asian offices and a network of independent market research firms. For more information, please visit www.harrisinteractive.com.
About Xerox Corporation
Xerox Corporation is the world's largest technology and services company, specializing in document management. Xerox offers the industry's broadest portfolio of colour and black-and-white document processing systems and related supplies to businesses of any size.
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Laura Mergelas, Xerox Canada, 416-733-6216, firstname.lastname@example.org
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