Staff engagement SuStainability advantage StaFF engagement People now care about the environment People can live sustainably at work, home and play – through recycling, transport choices and efficient use more than ever before1. You can use of water and energy. So, to develop your engagement this to build organisational loyalty and strategy, we also consider what staff do outside work. to entrench sustainability in your daily You will benefit from choosing this module if you need business practice. greater staff support for your environmental vision The Staff engagement module in the Department and priorities, which includes: of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) NSW • your action plan from the initial Sustainability Sustainability advantage Program enables you Management Diagnostic to integrate staff ideas and enthusiasm into your • your plans in the other Sustainability advantage sustainability initiatives. modules. The module is adaptable, allowing you to build and pursue an engagement strategy that meets your organisation’s needs and culture. Outcomes The Staff engagement module is for managers You will identify and prepare tools to engage staff, and supervisors who want to tap staff potential and including formal training, peer and internal forums, improve satisfaction and performance. communication and signage, external partnerships, mentoring, recognition and social events. You will: You select a Sustainability champion and staff • understand why your staff may be motivated who are critical in implementing and driving your to achieve your sustainability goals environmental improvements. Our contractors mentor • understand what you can do to engage staff your staff throughout the 18 months (or longer) that for different sustainability efforts you undertake projects in this module. • develop a program that involves staff in planning, implementing and evaluating your sustainability priorities • engage and motivate staff during the course 1 Who Cares About the Environment in 2006? Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) NSW of your sustainability efforts. STAFF ENGAGEMENT MODULE Management Workshop – Staff engagement plan Implement plan Final review overview engagement Training and technical support See the back page for a roadmap of activity for this module. StaFF engagement mOdule What is involved? Staff engagement plan and implementation The module is tailored to meet your organisational After the workshops, you implement your own culture, priorities and current initiatives. staff engagement plan during the next 18 months, or longer. You may access additional one-on-one As an option, you can start with a staff survey we have specialist advice provided you are progressing your developed. It will help you understand your employees’ engagement program. attitudes to the environment and the sustainability role and opportunities they see for the organisation. Support This is followed by a two hour management overview and a three hour workshop, where you will determine The results you achieve depend on what you put in. your priorities for staff engagement, develop a For you to get the most for your efforts we also offer: comprehensive plan and learn from best practice. • practical workshops Participants in this module include: • guides, checklists and templates • your Sustainability Advantage champion • feedback and review of existing documents • nominated staff and processes • a facilitator from DECC • information sharing and networking opportunities through cluster meetings with other participants • business and environmental specialists sourced by DECC • professional support from DECC contractors, • including specialist advice at key strategic points. other businesses you meet at our cluster network meetings Sustainability Advantage • senior management. Recognition Member 2008 You can promote your achievements through our management overview Sustainability Advantage Partner recognition scheme. Senior managers first attend a two hour session that There are five levels of recognition. increases their understanding of the benefits of engaging with staff and how they will achieve these benefits. Register or find out more They prioritise what needs to be done to engage with Staff engagement is one of seven Sustainability staff and identify a Sustainability Advantage champion advantage Modules that guide and focus your or designated staff to lead the initiatives. environmental improvements. All modules help you plan and deliver lasting benefits and continuous Workshop – engagement improvement as you adopt sustainability as a core Your nominated staff attend a half day workshop, business value. typically with peers from other Sustainability Advantage partners. Contact DECC’s Business Partnerships by: email email@example.com They will increase their understanding of sustainability and the role of engagement, internally and externally. Phone 02 8837 6000 They examine specific sustainability efforts – eg resource efficiency in operations and the supply chain – and how fully engaged staff contribute to successful outcomes. Your staff use their own experiences and notable case studies to identify effective practices. Most of the workshop involves participants developing an internal engagement plan to meet your organisation’s sustainability goals. Plans will address the duration of activity, from start-up to ongoing maintenance. Printed using environmentally sustainable stock and printing methods. July 2008. Phone +61 2 8837 6000 Fax +61 2 8837 6099 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.environment.nsw.gov.au dePaRtment OF enviROnment and Climate Change nSW 59-61 Goulburn Street, Sydney. PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232. ROadmaP StaFF engagement Workshop Management overview Staff engagement plan Implement plan Final review – engagement Outcomes Senior managers: Environmental, HR, Managers and Sustainability Nominated staff: Together we review your • understand principles communication and other Advantage champion: • implement actions projects and successes and priorities for staff managers: • finalise the staff • refine staff You set new plans based engagement • understand benefits engagement plan engagement plan on your results • identify engagement of staff engagement, • ensure tasks are linked • work well together leaders, staff to be methods and case studies to sustainability actions involved in next • draft a staff and goals workshop engagement plan • identify all staff who need • choose a Sustainability to be involved Advantage champion DECC staff engagement contractor reviews your staff engagement plan. Sustainability Advantage champion revises the plan (if required) and identifies resources and potential support from DECC Who takes Senior managers Environmental, HR, Staff identified by senior Staff team Sustainability Advantage part? DECC staff engagement communication and other managers and the champion managers from your Sustainability Advantage contractor leads DECC staff engagement organisation and other champion similar organisations contractor Sustainability Advantage DECC staff engagement contractor champion Sustainability Advantage champion DECC staff engagement contractor leads What is Information on how you Current sustainability Draft staff Staff Staff engagement plan Results from your projects needed? currently engage with staff initiatives engagement plan engagement Implementation Baseline and current plan DECC’s report from the Overall organisational plans from other data demonstrating management overview goals for the Sustainability Sustainability environmental outcomes session advantage Program advantage modules Where and Your office, at the start Your office, after the Your office, after the Your office, starting after Our office, at 18 months when? of the module management overview engagement workshop staff engagement plan has session been confirmed How long 1 month 2 hours Half day 1-2 months At least 18 months 2 hours DECC 2008/166 ISBN 978 1 74122 618 8 does this take? We provide practical, tailored support (workshops, training, technical assistance) to help you plan and implement your environmental projects and overcome issues. For additional support requests, you prepare a summary of your achievements to date and a short overview and supporting data explaining why you need assistance. As you undertake this module you will: • attend ‘cluster’ network meetings three or four times a year, meeting with people in other businesses in your local area or industry sector • report your progress every six months (including verbal reports at cluster network meetings and contributing to project reports) • collect data and other information for evaluating projects.