Media Release – October 22, 2021
triSearch has formalised its Sustainability & Wellbeing Program to affirm its commitment to reduce emissions, improve air quality, and see to the sustained mental and physical wellbeing of its team members.
The program launch aligned with triSearch’s NSW employees returning to its Sydney office, with hopes to do the same when staff in Queensland and Victoria eventually return to the office as well.
The modern approach to its sustainability program will see employees issued reusable face masks, attend daily end of day huddles, employ walking meetings, and make the switch to 100 per cent FSC certified printing paper.
Taylah Allen, triSearch CEO, said the company has been eco-friendly since its inception four years-ago but is proud to announce its sustainable practices formally.
“Being a proactive and initiative-based business is important to our triSearch DNA. We want to be in front of the curve when it comes to sustainability and the wellness of our staff and clients,” Allen said.
“Formalising our triSearch Sustainability Program is just one way we’re prioritising our commitment to the reducing the effects of climate change and creating a safe and active work environment.
“While we are formalising the initiative now, we hope to continue adding more sustainable solutions in the future.”
triSearch Sustainability & Wellbeing Program initiatives
Reusable Face Masks:
By now, we’ve all become used to wearing face masks to protect against infection, especially since the COVID-19 outbreak last year.
Disposable N95 masks have been in especially high demand to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
All of those masks carry both financial and environmental costs. The pandemic is estimated to generate up to 7,200 tons of medical waste every day, much of which is disposable masks. And even as the pandemic slows down in some parts of the world, health care workers are expected to continue wearing masks most of the time.
That toll could be dramatically cut by adopting reusable masks, according to a new study from MIT that has calculated the financial and environmental cost of several different mask usage scenarios.
According to the study, if every health care worker in the United States used a new N95 mask for each patient they encountered during the first six months of the pandemic, the total number of masks required would be about 7.4 billion, at a cost of $6.4 billion (USD). This would lead to 84 million kilograms of waste (the equivalent of 252 Boeing 747 airplanes). However, if each health care worker were able to reuse N95 masks that were decontaminated with hydrogen peroxide or ultraviolet light, costs would drop to $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion over six months, and 13 million to 18 million kilograms of waste would result (the equivalent of 39 to 56 747s).
It’s clear that reusable masks reduce waste. It’s also worth knowing that disposable masks are difficult to recycle due to infection risk and because they contain plastic. When they are not disposed of properly, single-use masks can end up in the ocean and be harmful to wildlife. To help lessen its effect on the environment, triSearch issued all staff members with a reusable mask.
100% Recycled Printer Paper:
Implementing the use of 100 per cent recycled printing paper has been especially important with more offices around Australia returning to work in the coming months. As part of this return to the office triSearch is committing to the use of recycled paper in all three offices.
Taking the time to spread the word about recycled and FSC certified paper or encouraging your place of business to adopt such paper for their everyday printing needs, can save trees, decrease pollution, save water, decrease carbon emissions, and ensure that more forests are sustainably managed.
The inclusion of this initiative to the triSearch Sustainability Program is to build strict environmental and social responsibilities, both of which ensure long-term protection of Australia’s forests, and help reduce the negative impact on the environment and communities.
Encouraging employees to switch-off technology and take walking meetings is a two-prong strategy to lessen its footprint by switching off all electrical devices for the duration of meetings, and increase its footprint for its employees to ensure movement in an otherwise stationary day behind a desk.
By some estimates the average worker sits for about nine hours a day. This is about six hours longer than we should be sitting. Research shows that people who sit for more than six hours a day are 40 per cent more likely to die within the next 15 years than people who sit for less than three hours a day.
Walking meetings can keep employees active and help them get some much-needed fresh air and sunlight. Walking for just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of dementia, certain types of cancers, and heart disease and is an integral part of why triSearch is implementing this strategy.
Another side to this initiative is to lessen triSearch’s office footprint, especially with employees returning to the office.
According to Earth Hour, every switch that turns off counts towards making Australia a renewables nation and ensuring the future of our planet.
Staff will achieve this by strategising their talking points prior to attending the walking meeting. Whether it is making physical notes or memorising them.
Another additional advantage to the initiative is that it can be done between any team member, regardless of location. Staff can either walk around the office together or phone another staff member in a different state or office and walk separate routes.
End of Day Huddles:
While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced staff to work from home, missing a crucial part of the workspace environment, triSearch has established an End-Of-Day Video Chat huddle for all staff to join.
This is not only a big part of how the positive workplace culture is maintained during lockdowns, but another strategy for employees to have access to a judgement free space to speak about their day or share a funny anecdote. This has been an important strategy for triSearch to maintain its positive and safe workplace.
This initiative not only encourages a strong sense of comradery and chemistry between staff members, but creates a safe and open environment where employees can seek help and advice in their lives outside of work.
Similar to the walking meetings, as the End of Day huddle is held with all employees from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, those who have returned to the office environment are encouraged to switch off all their devices and join together off one device for the huddle’s duration.