Demotivating Aspects

Although the costs of resources, including energy may occupy the minds of managers, they are certainly not the main worry of employees. There are a few reasons for this:

• Most people tend to concentrate on the job at hand rather then on the means or facilities used. Energy is a particularly 'invisible' resource and it is taken for granted.

• Most people may occasionally think about energy and environmental issues but daily operations are repetitive, subconscious and rather boring: a monotonous routine.

• Most people do not view energy costs in the same way at the work place as they do in their own homes because the costs are not paid directly by them.

• People tend not to see direct links between their actions and environmental performance.

These factors provide real challenges for management. How do you overcome disinterest and lack of motivation and at the same time build on growing energy and environmental performance concerns?

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