Honeybee launches an internal campaign to incentivise and enable employees to save water at home and at work during the Cape Town water crisis.
Cape Town is expected to become the first major city in the world to run out of water as we approach the day when our taps run dry: Day Zero. Whether this day comes or we manage to pull together as a city and drastically reduce water consumption to avoid it in time, a drier future for Cape Town is a definite reality. Businesses all over the Cape are reducing water usage in their day-to-day business and arranging for alternative sources of water in case the city’s taps run dry.
And Honeybee has joined the effort! Here at the Hive (our HQ) we have not only taken steps to reduce water consumption in the office, but have also enabled and incentivised employees to do so in their homes through a little friendly competition.
The running of an internal competition to encourage water-wise behaviour - Water Warriors - is already underway. All Honeybee members are encouraged to enter the competition to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of a grey water system for the home at the end of the competition on 30th April 2018, which will make their home and daily routines less water reliant.
Every Monday morning, employees shares a photo of the reading of their water meter on the company’s WhatsApp group and everyone’s usage is recorded for the week. The following Monday, the next reading is compared with the previous reading to determine average water usage per person in the household. The person who uses the most water in the week is outed as the Knob of the week' and will have to wear a doorknob on their head for an entire day. The winner is awarded the title of Water Warrior of the week and given a different water-saving prize each week, such as a waterless car cleaning kit.
Our first week’s Water Warrior won a waterless car cleaning kit by managing to get through the week on an average of 17.5 litres per day.
Some tips from the winner include:
Every employee participating in the competition has been given a ‘SWAGG pack’ that is filled with goodies that enable them to reduce water consumption at home:
Water-frugal behaviour is encouraged at home but enforced at work through the following measures at the HQ:
In addition to playing our part in helping reduce water consumption and avoid Day Zero, we hope our competition helps to raise awareness amongst employees of how much water we have wasted in the past by making us realise how little water we actually need to get by. No doubt, the water crisis is one that will leave an indelible impression on the citizens of Cape Town and a dramatic decrease in daily consumption long after the crisis dissipates.
What water-wise initiatives have you or your business adopted? Please share them with us, together we can #DefeatDayZero !
Topics: Company Culture
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