We believe the world of work is about to change. Do you want to be part of it?
Remote working has exploded in the past decade. While it’s traditionally thought of as a cost saving measure and productivity booster, it turns out that working remotely has a tremendously positive impact on the environment.
Working remotely helps mitigate climate change by annually:
- Reducing gas consumption by more than $20 million.
- Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons.
- Reducing oil consumption by 640 million barrels.
On August 1st 2017, we’re launching the first annual Work Remote Day to promote awareness of the positive environmental impact of working remotely. Learn how others like Sammy, Mark and Suparna are embracing this change.
Remote Work and Climate Change
Working remotely mitigates many of the main factors contributing to climate change.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
For many employers, going green is a big incentive in the shift toward remote work. Fact is, employers who have embraced telecommuting have helped reduce their carbon footprint, studies show. In 2013, annual fuel consumption decreased by 680 million gallons, about 0.5 percent of the nation’s gas consumption, one study found.
Eliminate Your Commute and Paper Waste
Remote workers no longer need to commute to an office, significantly cutting their fossil fuel usage. Moreover, they don’t need to pass physical documents back and forth so they use far less paper.
Productivity Benefits of Working Remotely
Working remotely has been shown to improve productivity and efficiency across a variety of sectors. Companies like Aetna and Dell have create remote work programs that have had astoundingly positive effects on their workforce and morale.
Stats about remote work show that 82 percent of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers, but for the companies that employ them. The study by PGI, a leading provider of software services, found that 80 percent of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69 percent reported lower absenteeism.
Companies of all sizes report significant decreases in operating costs, remote work stats show. Two examples from big companies, according to a Forbes magazine report: Aetna (where some 14,500 of 35,000 employees don’t have an “in-office” desk) shed 2.7 million square feet of office space, saving $78 million. American Express reported annual savings of $10 million to $15 million thanks to its remote worker options.
The Vision Behind Work Remote Day
We’re working hard to launch Work Remote Day… but we need your help.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Commit to working from home on August 1st, 2017 – Register here to create a Remote Work Profile.
- Add the date to your calendar by clicking here.
- Forward the invite to your friends and coworkers, it has all the information they need to learn about work remote day.
- Share our video and manifesto on social media to spread the word.
- Use #WorkingRemote to spread the word.
- Understand the causes of climate change and how you can help by downloading our handy toolkit.
- On August 1st, 2017 – click here to give a communal high five and log your participation in this global movement.
- Continue the conversation – Download our chatbot to keep you company on Work Remote Day.
Bring your workplace aboard Work Remote day and help combat climate change while increasing your office’s productivity.