Thursday, August 14, 2008

Taking the Time to Reuse

I’m working on revisions to a document today and have been marking the pages I need to go back to with the little Post-It tape flags. I love these things...but what I really love about them is that they are completely reusable. Just take them off when you’re done, stack them back up and you’re ready to go.

This got me thinking about all the things that regularly get pitched in the office, but really could be reused. Last time we had an office clean-up day, here are some of the other reusable items that got tossed:

  • Binder clips
  • 3-ring binders
  • GBC binding combs
  • Dividers
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands
  • File folders
The question is not how can we reuse these items, but how can we encourage people to take a few extra minutes to sort everything into piles of waste, recycling, and reuse/restock. Is it by rewarding those who do (prizes? warm fuzzies?)? By punishing those who do not? What has your experience been?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

from what i experineced in my office, we have a sort of Green program and campaign with the first duration in 5 months. The First campaign is to reduce waste and recycle. what we do is having a "tagging" day. spread 4 different colors and classified for example: green is for things that we use everyday, yellow is for things that we use 2-3 days a week, until red is the things that we dont need, therEfore we classified them is a waste. we didnt use punishment or reward, istead, we appraise those who doing it by giving for example " the best desk of the month" using a positive psychology principal.

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