Green Living: Telecommuting and The Workplace

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Lots of people dream of working from home, and for many, the dream is coming true.  So many of our jobs are now computer related, so telecommuting is getting a lot more popular.  After all, it saves everyone time and money, and it reduces our demand for oil.  It also reduces traffic problems and damaging emissions from the daily commute.  There are plenty of great things about telecommuting.

If you have only a fifteen mile daily commute, you’re among the people with a shorter drive to work.  However, over the course of a year, you’ll end up driving more than five thousand, five hundred miles.  That takes a lot of fuel, even if you use more efficient methods, such as taking the bus or train.  Plus, most of us don’t like the time we have to spend on the commute.  That’s a lot of hours you’ll never get back.

Telecommuting isn’t all fun and relaxation, of course.  There’s a lot of work to be done, and some real challenges to conquer.  However, staying at home and sending work in instead of commuting every day saves a lot of money, time, and resources.  If you save just a gallon of fuel per week, that’s more than fifty gallons at the end of the year.

If a million people work from home, they’ll save fifty two million gallons of gasoline every year.  They’ll be saving over a billion pounds of carbon emissions each year, and a lot of wear and tear on their vehicles, too.  Since most people use more than a gallon of fuel to commute each week, the real savings would be even bigger.

While some people simply can’t work at home, due to the need to deal with customers face to face, use specialized equipment, or perform other location based jobs, the many people who spend their days in cubicles often have.  After all, work in a lot of offices requires little to no face to face contact these days.  In some cases, it’s not even necessary to live in the same state as your office is located in, as long as your work and all communication could be delivered electronically.

Not everyone is suited for a telecommuting job, either.  Some of us have trouble staying on task when working from home, or we feel lonely.  It’s important to take that into account when deciding whether telecommuting is for you.  However, working from home for part of the week could have a big environmental and resource impact for both you and your employer.  That’s why more companies need to look into allowing their staff to do their jobs virtually.

Many companies are afraid that allowing employees to work from their homes will result in nothing getting done.  However, many people are a lot more efficient when they telecommute.  It’s important to make sure that the employee has an adequate home office, and that everything they need is available.  However, the results can be astonishing.  Employees working from home will often produce more efficiently, instead of just clocking in and out, then being done with it.

If you’re interested in the prospect of telecommuting, but there’s no program at your employer, you can still ask.  Do a little bit of research on your own and submit a proposal.  You’ll be surprised at how readily some members of management will accept it.  You’ll have a chance to save time, money, and the environment!

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