April 22, 2011
For some job seekers, every day is Earth Day
Happy Earth Day -- do you know where your employer stands on environmental sustainability?
In a survey released earlier this month by carpet maker Interface Inc., a majority of respondents said they sure hoped they knew where their company stood on earth friendliness.
In fact, 63 percent of those polled said they would consider a prospective employer's environmental footprint a "vital" piece of information when deciding whether to accept the job. What's more, 71 percent said they'd deliberately seek out an employer that makes environmental sustainability a corporate priority.
Placing value on a potential employer's profit margin didn't rank quite as high among the 504 full-time U.S workers polled in the survey. Only 61 percent said corporate earnings were a key consideration for them when evaluating a new employer.
Even more curious, the survey revealed that women and men do not necessarily place the same weight on working for a green employer. Although 78 percent of women polled said an employer's eco footprint was "important" to them, only 52 percent of their male counterparts shared the opinion.
All well and good, but how does this translate in the real world, where one's values and job don't necessarily mesh?
Remarkably well, the study found. Of those polled, 84 percent said that their employer "shares their views on what is important in life."
How about you? How important is it that the company you work for be earth friendly? Have you gone out of your way to find an employer that aligns with your ideas about corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability?
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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