Green Work Environments and Workforce Productivity Among Energy Organizations in Ghana
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The current work aims at exploring green workplace practices that trigger environmentally friendly changes, leading to an increase in workforces’ productivity among energy organizations. Green work settings globally, are environmentally sensitive, resource efficient and socially responsible. Green work strategies, when well deployed, can make office practices more sustainable, efficient and well suited to the complex, ever-changing world of business. Indeed, evidence abound that, modern organizations enhance business profitability and long-run marketability, while reducing costs and increasing productivity through greener practices. Research overwhelmingly shows that eco-friendly offices and green environmental practices among energy organizations translate to a happier, healthier and more efficient employees. Drawing on a qualitative, multiple-case study approach, primary data were collected from selected energy organizations in Ghana, using interviews and document archival sources. The paper showed green work environmental awareness initiatives being embarked by the energy organizations. The results further showed how the energy organizations are adopting environmentally friendly practices, resource-efficient initiatives and socially responsible actions to enhance productivity. The results also point to the various energy organizations embarking on environmental audits to understand their initial situations and using such audit results to create workplace environmental policies and procedures for sustainability that is geared towards minimizing negative impact of their activities on the environment. The paper has practical implications for clean energy, competitive and sustainable energy operations as well as a more productive workforce. The paper recommends an adoption of holistic green work environment practices as a priority to leverage lean energy production, transmission and distribution across the various energy organizations in Ghana.
KeywordsGreen environments Cost-effective energy production Sustainable development Energy organizations Healthier Productive employee
The authors are grateful to the members of the energy organizations of Ghana (GRIDCo, VRA and ECG) for the sacrifice of time, space and energy for the interviews. The authors would like to thank the Women in Energy Ghana for participation, and the Human Resource Personnel at the ECG project office for the access to the participants. However, no funding was received for the study.
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