Case Study: Staff Engagement – The Pleasance

2nd February 2017

Case Study: Staff Engagement - The Pleasance 1

For several years The Pleasance has invited Creative Carbon Scotland to give a short talk at its staff induction event each year.

This is a big, celebratory event where the Pleasance team talk about not just the practicalities of working there but also their attitude and outlook as an organisation.

The inclusion of environmental sustainability in operating principles at this point of staff induction is a great way to imbue individuals and wider teams with a sustainable ethos at the beginning of their contract: a feature particularly heightened in the case of operating a major venue as part of the world’s largest arts festival, and where dynamic situations and time pressures mean that environmental principles struggle with prioritisation.

Giving prominent time to a speech about environment and the arts helps to show the Pleasance’s commitment as an organisation, and to encourage staff to see good environmental behaviour as an integral part of working for the venue. In addition, it may have resource efficiency and reputational benefits for the organisation: with reduced energy costs (from staff turning off lights) to increased recycling rates (from better awareness of recycling provision) as well as enhanced knowledge when dealing with the public (who may also ask about sustainability work).


Creative Carbon Scotland is always happy to help advise on green inductions, or to support the delivery of staff inductions (whether for permanent or temporary staff, within or outwith of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe). You can get in touch with us through our contact or staff pages.

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