Encouraging Pro-environmental Behaviors in the Australian Workforce: The Case for an Integrated Work-Life Approach

By Janine Chapman and Natalie Skinner.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review

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Published online: November 13, 2015 $US5.00

Pro-active management of environmental and social wellbeing is critical for the success of modern businesses. Companies increasingly recognise that for sustainability initiatives to succeed, employee engagement and behaviour change is required; however, initiatives are often top-driven with little attention to the experiences of those on the shop floor. Using a socio-ecological framework, this paper draws together the main findings from three workplace case studies and a national survey to explore what helps – and hinders – Australian workers to take up their role as environmental citizens. Key lessons for improved sustainability management are discussed, along with the important social and cultural roles organisations can play in shaping the environmental impacts of individuals at work, at home, and when travelling between.

Keywords: Sustainability, Culture, Work-life Balance, Society

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 11, 2015, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 13, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 441.460KB)).

Dr. Janine Chapman

Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Flinders Center for Innovation in Cancer, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Natalie Skinner

Senior Research Fellow, School of Management, Center for Human Resource Management, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia