Study: 72 percent job seekers prefer green employers

Written By: Thatcher Michelsen April 17, 2012 0
Eighty-seven percent of respondents said that working for a green company is important.
Eighty-seven percent of respondents said that working for a green company is important.

Reports last week indicated that businesses that are going green have improved employee morale in the workplace. A new study shows that prospective workers have a tendency to go for the company that shows them more green. But no, not money. They're looking for employers that demonstrate clear efforts to lessen their impact on the environment.

Based on the results of a recent survey it conducted, TheLadders, an online service that helps job seekers find employment, revealed that 72 percent of respondent candidates said they would chose a company that made eco-friendly practices a priority over companies that did not. In comparison, 10 percent said that they would not choose the environmentally conscious option, and 18 percent said it would not affect their decision.

"Since launching almost a decade ago, we have seen a growing desire for job seekers to work in an environment that reflects their personal values," Alex Douzet, chief operating officer and co-founder of TheLadders, said in a statement. "It is clear from our survey that professionals are attracted to employers who share their priorities, enabling us to offer this exclusive data to our almost 20,000 recruiters nationwide. Our research provides a critical wake-up call to employers who do not consider eco-conscious efforts to be best practice."

Not enough companies are actively trying to be eco-friendly, the report indicates. Just 48 percent of respondents said that their most recent employer can be characterized as green, while 35 percent said their company is not environmentally conscious.

Perhaps, it's time for businesses to go green, as 87 percent said that working for a green company is important. Companies don't have to do much more than just provide incentives to their employees to have eco-friendly habits at work, as 75 percent of the respondents said they would change their daily routine if this were the case.

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