Working from home is now the reality that we are facing due to unforeseen circumstances. This has opened both employers and employees’ eyes to previously unexpected benefits of remote work.
Evidence exists to show that remote works increases productivity, helps employees and employers feel happy about work, and saves money. However, there is something equally as important that is benefitting from the large shift towards remote work – the environment.
What is it about working remotely that has got the environment, workers, and managers feeling so good?
An Increase in Productivity
The trust that employers instill in remote workers boosts productivity too. Employees are sick less often, feel trusted, and less stressed due to high levels of productivity. This is beneficial for workers as well as managers! More work being done and a low employee turnover? What else could a manager ask for
Fewer employees in the office also means less office equipment, furniture, and supplies needed, lower electricity bills, and even fewer niceties like snacks and entertainment equipment.
Employers and managers benefit from a better work-life balance when working remotely. Both groups save money and have general higher levels of happiness and productivity. This has a positive impact on the environment too
A Healthy Planet
Fewer people commuting to and from work means lower levels of carbon emissions. People working from home can attend meetings, get work done, and talk to colleagues from one room. Even meetings that previously required flights to be taken are now being done online which greatly reduces an employee’s carbon footprint
In addition to lower carbon emissions, there is less waste produced that needs to be taken to landfill. A large amount of waste is a problem in and among itself but so is the extra emissions that come from long garbage truck journeys to and from the office. When people work from home, they produce less trash in general and seeing as it is just one person, waste is collected as usual without the need for an additional waste management company.
An empty office means that energy does not need to be used on heating or cooling open spaces to ensure the comfort and health of workers. This process is both costly and heavy on energy consumption. Working from home positively impacts the environment by decreasing the amount of energy being used.
A Place for Remote Work
Technology has made it possible for employers and employees to work collaboratively and effectively from their respective “home offices”. All you need is internet connection and you are set to work remotely and as well as hire remote workers to get just about any job done.
Long before the COVID-19 outbreak, platforms such as Nomad Now have been putting remote workers and hirers in touch.