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JLL research cites successful engagement programs at Grainger, Bank of America and CA Technologies
SINGAPORE, LONDON and CHICAGO, Mar. 28, 2013 — As commercial real estate leaders pursue strategies to enhance sustainability through building performance, corporations and other organisations that own and lease space are making sure their employees are aware of the benefits and engaged in making sustainability programs successful.
Jones Lang LaSalle’s new Global Sustainability Perspective (GSP) report identifies the important role that employee engagement plays in producing sustainable change. “Numerous studies have shown that employees enjoy work more and are more productive when they see their companies acting in a socially-responsible manner,” said Dan Probst, Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Companies can improve their bottom line by showing employees how they can participate in sustainability programmes, and by seeking employee input on ways to continually enhance those programmes.”The Global Sustainability Perspective report distils the employee engagement process to three essential phases—raising awareness, building engagement and maintaining commitment. It also features three real-world examples from well-known organisations that have tackled the challenge of engaging employees in developing meaningful and ambitious sustainability programmes where passions, ideas and experiences of staff are woven into the company strategy to achieve measurable results:
“Owners and managers of multi-tenant office buildings should be aware of the employee engagement strategies of their major tenants, so that they can show how initiatives at the building are in alignment with tenants’ corporate values,” said Jones Lang LaSalle Executive Vice President Bob Best. “Building management and leasing professionals need to stay abreast of these issues to remain competitive for high-quality tenants.”“It’s ironic that a building’s occupants are often overlooked as key players in sustainability initiatives, when they are the ones using energy and benefiting from a healthier workplace,” Probst said. “By making employees aware of their effect on the environment, and what they can do to make a positive change, companies can not only meet their sustainability objectives but enhance job satisfaction as well.”Global Sustainability PerspectiveJones Lang LaSalle issues a quarterly online report that covers a range of timely energy, sustainability and climate issues, typically as they relate to the commercial real estate industry. Participants from around the world contribute ideas and articles of interest to the firm’s clients, colleagues and others interested in sustainability news and trends. In addition to employee engagement, the just-released report also includes:
About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual revenue of $3.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle operates in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services to a property portfolio of 2.6 billion square feet. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $47.0 billion of real estate assets under management. For further information, visit www.jll.com.