Imagine a world where what was good for business was also good for the environment.
Does that seem like a distant reality to you? Fortunately, there are many things companies can do now that are eco-friendly; steps both large and small that really make a difference.
One benefit in particular adds up: giving employees the flexibility to work from home.
Believe it or not, working from home half the time is equivalent to taking the entire New York state workforce off the road – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons.
Here are a few more fun facts:
Brand Reputation: It’s truly a win-win, and workers are on board. Not only do two-thirds of people indicate they want to work from home, 70 percent of employees report they would see their companies in a more favorable light if they helped them reduce their carbon emissions (according to a Global Workplace Analytics study). It’s something that matters to employees, and companies should take note.
Operational Costs: While saving the planet, companies can save money, too. Giving workers the ability to telecommute (even half of the time) can save them $11,000 per person per year. That’s a lot of dough.
Employee Satisfaction: Companies focused on employee satisfaction and retention should consider this as important an initiative as ever this Earth Day, and throughout the year. The same study showed that 95 percent of employees say telework has a high impact on employee attrition, and over two-thirds of employers reported increased productivity among telecommuters. Happy employees. Happy companies. Happy planet. What’s there to lose?
Today’s a day to reflect on the many ways companies can take control of their environmental footprint while empowering workers to support eco-friendly initiatives they are passionate about. If we all had the ability to work from home more often, we’d be opening the door to another way to show our commitment to sustainable business practices. Let’s get on board.
What are your company’s telecommuting policies? We’d love to hear how your workplace is stepping up to make their employees’ lives a bit easier (and the world a bit greener, too). Share your Earth Day telecommuting stories with us in the comments!