3 Ways Working Remotely Makes for A Better World
Remote work, what we once called telecommuting, can improve the quality of life for employees and benefit the environment.
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Across the nation many people spend hours commuting into the cities, creating some of the worst traffic. Having employees work remotely reduces the levels of air pollution created by transportation. Remote workers often take advantage of shared workspaces (e.g. desk-sharing, home offices, coffee shops, libraries) making maximum use of existing space and reducing the need for development in often overcrowded and highly priced urban spaces.
Increases Community Involvement
With less time commuting and more time in neighborhoods, employees can gain a better sense of their communities and become more involved locally. This can lead to increased volunteerism and volunteerism during non-traditional hours. Local schools that are often in need can gain volunteers during the work week.
With the flexibility to structure their own workday employees can create an individualized work environment that promotes productivity and focus. They can incorporate time to exercise, decompress, and schedule wellness visits to healthcare practitioners. A mentally strong and healthy employee means a stronger community... and more revenue.
Certain industries aren't suited for remote work- dental hygienists aren't likely to have the opportunity to work from home. Some argue working remotely leads to a decrease in collaboration, social interaction, and accountability. Some people even prefer a traditional work environment. But with collaborative technologies, opportunities to socialize within the community, and flexible collaborative work spaces- remote work adds tremendous value to organizations.