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5 Earth-Friendly Stats: Telecommuting, Digital Nomads, Remote Workers

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” —Jane Goodall

One great way to lessen your company’s footprint on the earth is by enabling remote work. Here are 10 facts you can bring to your boss to make the case for telecommuting options at your company.

  1. Transportation (including commuting) is responsible for 27% of total gas emissions in the U.S. The largest sources of transportation emissions include passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, pickups and minivans (EPA, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2015). Giving commuters telecommuting opportunities can help your workforce reduce their carbon footprint.
  2. Remote workers save between $600 and $1000 on dry cleaning and $590 on building a professional wardrobe (15 Stats About Telecommuting in the U.S., April 2016). Not only is remote work keeping your employees’ cash in their wallets and out of their closet, but it also helps reduce the use of chemicals that can be harmful to the environment. Most dry cleaners use a chemical called perchloroethylene which is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a toxic chemical (Zady.com, The Quick and Dirty on Your Dry Cleaning). Reducing the amount of clothes your employees have to dry clean will ease their strain on the environment.
  3. Telecommuters are hard working. More than half of telecommuters work more than 40 hours per week (Are Home Offices the New Workplace?, April 2014).
  4. Remote workers are happier! A study by PwC found that 38% of people that worked from home at least once a week are 46% more likely to rate their job a 10 on a happiness scale, with 10 being the highest (Understanding how we’ll work next, PwC, May 2016).
  5. It saves you money. In fact, when accounting for increased productivity, reduced facility costs, lower absenteeism and reduced turnover, your company could save $10,000 per employee (One in Five Americans Work from Home, Numbers Seen Rising Over 60%, Forbes, February 2013).

Now you can go ahead and set that meeting with key stakeholders to discuss remote work options at your organization. Trust us, the planet will thank you.