Leave his colleagues, his company and give up his situation for a job more eco friendly and more useful… An aspiration shared by more employees in favor of a containment that is conducive to the quest for meaning and the awareness of climate issues.
“The crisis of the Covid accelerates the reflection of the people who asked questions are already. They were able to get out for a few weeks of their habits, of their professional to take a step back “confirms and Fanny Viry, the association lyonnaise Anciela, which accompanies the initiatives of the citizens for a greener company.
To put it into practice concretely to their beliefs ecological, should we move up to a different line of work, boycott certain sectors of activity ? Or can we change its enterprise from the inside ? What are good questions to ask before converting ?
The volunteer, a breathing
The ecological transition applies to all dimensions of our daily lives : the power, the mobility, the energy consumption in its habitat, the recreation… in Short, there are a thousand and one ways to be green every day, without any tackle to get started in permaculture !
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“Workers who feel well in their professional activity and want to commit to the ecology can do volunteer work “, for example, offers Fanny Viry. But it happens that these small gestures-huggers are not enough to be in agreement with his beliefs. “The volunteer commitment may make you want to go even further in the process “, she adds.
Consistency of life and cognitive dissonance
The coordinator of the collective student For an alarm clock green, Anthony Trouche, tip, him, of the inconsistencies in our life choices : “Eat organic and go to work by bicycle, it makes no sense, if my job is to build coal-fired power plants, cars, SUV, or aircraft for example. “
Hides then an inner tension, a “cognitive dissonance “as the analysis of the sociologist and political scientist Stéphane Branch. “Sometimes there are a strong contradiction between the ethics of a person and his behavior. Most of the individuals in cognitive dissonance to ignore the problem, say that they can’t change things alone. Little change their practices and they sometimes live badly. “
The need for retraining arises with acuity. According to the information agency specialized in human resources, French equatorial africa, 70 % of the people who convert do it to get a job more in line with their values and passions (study 2017).
Ask the right questions before the hire
The association lyonnaise Anciela receives as well “people who no longer want to work forty hours per week for a job that has no meaning for them, for employees in the trade or marketing, who realize that they would never buy ever the products they sell “lists Fanny Viry.
The collective student For an alarm clock green offers, on its website (heading : “a commitment to through his employment “) a reading grid titled ” Choosing his job, asking the right questions “, which allows to go far enough in the analysis of the company before getting hired : this applies to both the purpose of the products, the organization of the logistics chain and the production, the marketing strategy that the impact (greenhouse gas emissions, impact on biodiversity, exploitation of non-renewable resources…) and the investment in human capital (training employees on environmental issues). With, as a bonus, the documents where all these information are accessible.
Work otherwise, rather than elsewhere
“More and more students are posed the question of the relevance of their profession right out of school and are not ready to accept any job beyond salary and skills “notes the sociologist Stéphane Branch.
A word to the wise : young professionals or employees for years, not everyone can afford such a move, for financial reasons among others. “We address to those who have the choice, those who come out of great schools or universities “recognizes Anthony Trouche.
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“The idea is not necessarily to change their profession, but how to exercise it otherwise “adds Fanny Viry. An architect may favor materials that are more environmentally friendly and insulation, a conservator cooking of local products… The employees also have a role to play in transforming their businesses from within by educating their employers or by proposing concrete initiatives.
It is possible to operate everywhere, at his level
In fact, the ecological transition is not limited to the business of sustainable development and social and environmental responsibility. It concerns numerous sectors of activity. “The time we have to reduce our footprint on the environment is limited, it is necessary to act effectively excluding activities to environmental impacts disproportionate to their social utility “advises and Anthony Trouche.
To be more eco-friendly, several pathways are possible : getting involved in his daily life, through an association, their profession differently, raise awareness of its employer, and even change their profession. This last assumption requires a deep reflection, a personal investment, and possibly financial. To ripen long before you take the plunge.