Four Seasons does everything it can to limit its impact on the environment. From furnace and AC recycling to the fuel-efficient fleet itself, we have taken great strides towards sustainability and other green initiatives. But, one of the initiatives we have put in place that has not only drastically reduced our resource consumption, but also streamlines the efficiency of the company procedures itself are our Paperless Office policies!
The Office’s Paper Consumption
It is hard to visualize the sheer amount of paper used by our office, but according to the EPA, the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year! In an office building that houses over 50 workers that adds up to roughly half a million sheets of paper every year!
Correcting the Problem: Paperless
We have taken steps to drastically reduce the amount of paper we use. Half a million sheets is simply far too much paper us to consider ourselves sustainable.
- Paperless Payroll: Our payroll systems have all been digitized. Our employees are encouraged to enroll in direct deposit programs.
- Recycling Bins: Next to every garbage can is a convenient recycling bin. Why throw it away when recycling it is just as easy?
- Paperless Newsletter: A monthly tradition at Four Seasons is our monthly newsletter. This 5-10 page document used to be printed out for our entire 500 person workforce every month, but now it is conveniently located online for each employee to access at their leisure.
- Paperless in the Field: Our comfort specialists now utilize modern technologies of smart phones and tablets out in the field. Instead of carrying around binders of forms and sales materials, the salesman can now simply email the document to you from their tablet in moments.
Because We All Must Do Our Part
While yes, these green policies have streamlined our company and cut our energy bills, that isn’t necessarily why we enacted them. We all have to do our part to be more considerate in these modern times. If we can find a way to use less, do it. If we can find a way to consume less, do it. With a little presence of mind and ingenuity we have drastically reduced our impact on the environment, and that is something we can be proud of.