The benefits of remote working come in many forms. Advantages concerning costs, flexibility and job satisfaction are obvious. But do you realize that working remotely also decreases the carbon footprint of your organization drastically? Giving employees the possibility to work from home is actually a very ‘green’ choice. This is valuable knowledge, in times where both staff and organizations are looking for ways to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. In this blog, I will explain how remote working positively benefits the carbon footprint of your company.
The benefits of remote working
For a long time, working has been restricted to company offices. En masse we stepped into our cars, lunch box under the arm, to arrive at our desks for an eight-hour workday. But that traditional 9 to 5 workday is on its way out. Both companies and employees demand a more flexible work environment, not only in time but also in place. Remote working fits perfectly in this new work ethos. More and more, individual desks are turning into flexible workplaces, and employees are given the opportunity and the means to work from home. This not only benefits the employees, who enjoy flexible working, but also your business’ carbon footprint. Remote working makes your company ‘greener’ in multiple ways:
1. Less transport pollution
It might seem obvious that the biggest gain of remote working lies in reducing pollution caused by work-home traffic. Yet we all still step into our cars and drive straight into rush hour every single morning. Indeed, the daily commute between work and home is responsible for over 98% of the work-related carbon footprint of an employee. Looks like there’s still some room for improvement… Every day an employee works from home, their car remains in the parking lot, resulting in less fuel usage and reducing pollution. Imagine the impact on the environment if entire companies would let employees work from home! This measure, in turn, would also relieve some pressure on the overloaded road network, which reduces traffic pollution even further.
2. Greener eating
Sufficient nutrition and multiple coffee breaks are essential to a productive workday. You might not realize it, but each sip and bite negatively affects the environment. Think about the way you bring your lunch to the office. Do you use sandwich bags or aluminum foil? And what about the wrapper of your 3 o’clock snack or the coffee cup from the Starbucks downtown? Working at home means not having to worry about packing your food and drinks for storage and transportation.
3. Paper free working
When at the office, a paper print is quickly made. Out of convenience or habit, we still print massive amounts of documents, wasting massive amounts of paper in the process. But when working remotely, printing becomes way less relevant. Not only because that luxurious office printer is simply not there, but also because sharing documents remotely is easier and faster done digitally. This way, remote working promotes paper free working while saving a lot of trees.
4. Conserving office space
With more and more employees working from home, you need less office space for your company. In this way, we can put a halt to urban development, while preserving nature. After all, houses are already there, and offices just take extra work space. Moreover, we can save on the negative impact of the establishment of those offices. Think of furniture, lights and climate control.
Terms of successful remote working
To ‘go green’, you have to promote and facilitate remote working among your employees. First of all, you need to consider how you are going to efficiently manage home-based team. Secondly, you need to give employees the means to be just as productive working from their homes, as they can at the office. The answer lies in good UC and collaboration tools that take away all boundaries that managing and working from a distance may bring. Besides great tools, you also need to teach employees how to use them effectively. Keep in mind that remote working – and thus your green ambitions - will only be successful if the right technology is making it more fun and productive. Wondering what the best UC and collaboration tools are for your organization? In the white paper below we explain how to choose and implement collaboration tools that your people will love. This way you are sure to kickstart your green business strategy!
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