National office survey finds managers failing to go green

41569_284124066451_4679060_n Most office workers have little or no confidence in their managers when it comes to making their workplaces greener, a national survey has found.

The YouGov research, commissioned by office products manufacturer Avery, found only a third of those surveyed think their managers are clear about the steps that can be taken.

The poll, carried out for this year’s Green Office Week, also found that only 17% of respondents think their office is ‘very or completely green’, with more than a quarter, 28%, saying it is ‘still not very green’.

A number of factors prevent people being greener in the office. A quarter of office workers (24%) highlighted a lack of encouragement, 19% said there was too much effort involved, 18% referred to cost and 16% blamed a lack of information on how to go about it.

Avery’s third annual Green Office Week is an award-winning initiative designed to address some of these concerns and encourage office workers to spring into action and adopt practical ways to help the environment.

Between Monday 9 and Friday 13 May, a series of daily tips can be found at along with downloadable resources.

At the same time, a voluntary network of Green Office Week Ambassadors up and down the country will promote daily themes involving action on energy, transport, waste and other green issues. They will post blogs about their activities and share good practice with other green-minded individuals.

To support the campaign, all you need to do is visit the website and register.

As well as raising awareness, the week will encourage offices to review purchasing habits in line with environmental targets, devise action plans for the future and celebrate the achievements of people who consider the environment at work.

Avery won the ‘Green Champions (Customers)’ Award for last year’s Green Office Week at the 2010 Green Business Awards, the UK's most comprehensive awards scheme for environmental business performance.

Green Office Week empowers UK office workers to make a difference and to help their office environment work for the natural environment in practical ways. Research has shown that office workers are not apathetic towards green issues but are disempowered by lack of knowledge and facilities.  Taking place on May 9-13th, the week aims to unite offices around the country in an effort to change this, raising awareness of the issues and offering practical help to office workers to begin to make a difference. For more information, log onto

Avery Dennison Office Products markets products under the well-known Avery brand name and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of self-adhesive labels and paper products for laser and inkjet printers, labelling software, index dividers and a wide range of other products for both consumer and industrial markets. Avery Dennison Office Products Europe, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation, has manufacturing operations in UK, Germany and Italy and sales and marketing offices in more than ten countries across Europe. For more information about Avery products, consumers can visit

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