Employees working from home are wary of rising energy costs, finds Infogrid

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Posted by Janet B. Stroud — October 27, 2022 — Infogrid, a leader in building intelligence, has just published its recent research on employee attitudes about workplace energy efficiency, in a report entitled Energy Management and the Workplace of the Future: Why We Need an Efficiency Revolution.

Infogrid report on energy management and work-from-home concerns

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The survey of more than 4,000 U.S. and U.K. respondents reveals that employees are highly aware and concerned about energy efficiency, costs and environmental impact. Findings show many are calling on their employers and governments to take action.

Ross Sheil, senior vice president at Infogrid, stated:

Employees in both the U.K. and U.S. are concerned about energy efficiency in their workplaces, and its global environmental impact. They want greater energy efficiency at work, and they hold building managers and owners accountable. Our surveys show that employees have immediate worries about how to handle heat waves and energy shortages. Companies and landlords should acquire the right energy management technologies and partner with employees to reduce carbon footprint.

Key findings include:

  • Employees worry that work-at-home will cost them. Three-quarters of respondents in the U.S. (74%) are concerned about the impact of the energy crisis on the cost of working from home. Over one-third (37%) of U.S. employees say they have increased the use of facilities away from home, as a result.
  • Heat waves keep employees in the office. 34% say they spend more hours at work due to high temperatures, especially if they lack air-conditioning at home.
  • Workplace energy efficiency matters. A majority of employees (70%) are concerned about the energy efficiency of their workplace.
  • Employees judge their employers on carbon footprint. 48% of U.S. employees (and 41% in the U.K.) say their companies don’t do enough to reduce their environmental impact.
  • Employees are clear who carries environmental responsibility. Approximately one in four (28%) feels the main responsibility for cutting greenhouse emissions lies with those who manage or run the building. One in five (20%) believes the government should do more through stronger policies and regulation.
  • Companies should make workplaces more energy efficient. Over one-third of employees (36%) want their employers to invest in the right digital technologies to improve energy efficiency.

Click here to download the Energy Management and the Workplace of the Future: Why We Need an Efficiency Revolution report from Infogrid.

Infogrid’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform empowers the commercial real estate sector to revolutionize the way the built environment is managed. The company partners with best-in-class Internet of Things (IoT) tech and sensor providers to equip buildings with smart technologies to collect, combine and analyze data for a complete visibility of a building’s performance. The Infogrid platform measures impact and surfaces actionable insights to help facilities reach environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals.  Infogrid operates globally and solves real-world problems in real-time in support of its mission to make every building healthy, efficient and sustainable.