Recent research shows that, despite increased environmental awareness, most employees aren’t ready to change their printing habits.
Despite companies’ efforts to cut costs and be more environmentally friendly — and a higher environmental awareness in general — most folks are reluctant to change their behavior, at least when it comes to printing at work.
That’s the upshot of a recent survey of 1,000 UK office employees conducted by Kyocera and consultancy firm Loudhouse.
In the past 12 months, 40% of workers haven’t changed the amount of paper they print, according to the survey. Just 22% have reduced their paper use, and 37% are actually printing more now than they were a year ago.
The average employee prints a whopping 45 sheets a day, or about 10,000 a year. Of those, the report estimates 6,800 could be considered unnecessary, including 2,100 extra pages that get printed because employees don’t use double-sided printing.
One reason employees haven’t taken steps to curb that waste: a lack of a formal policy from their employers. Just under half (46%) of employers have “loose guidelines related to printing,” compared to just 24% that have a formal written policy.