Whether or not you believe in global warming, we all agree that it is important to be good stewards of the environment. The challenge for many businesses is finding solutions that are both good for the environment and good for your business. Implementing solutions that allow your employees to work from home, even if it is 1 day a week, benefits not only the environment and your employees (lower fuel costs and less wear and tear on their cars), but your bottom line as well. If you implement a work from home policy correctly, you can reduce your office space and associated energy costs.
Roughly 98% of all US businesses have less than 100 employees. While individually most of these smaller firms provide services that have negligible environmental impacts, cumulatively they represent significant impacts on emissions and waste. And the biggest impact these small companies have on the environment is Energy Use.
What can smaller companies do to Go Green? Start with the basics: Your offices and how you get to and from them each day. If you’re a small or mid-sized organization, energy use and transportation probably represents a good chunk of your impact.
A recent article posted in The Arlington Environment stated that when commuting to and from work each week, the U.S. white-collar workforce burns more than 583.3 million gallons of gasoline. It further states that if one average employee teleworked, just one day per week, it would save the environment 1,680 pounds of CO2 emissions per year.
By the end of fiscal year 2007, the US Patent Office alone had 3,609 employees participating in some form of telework, and are boasting savings more than 613,000 gallons of gas, preventing 9,600 tons of emissions, and saving more than $1.8 million annually in fuel costs by allowing employees to work outside the office. This doesn’t include lower energy costs at the office.
To successfully support the flexibility for working anywhere and anytime, a virtual working environment is needed which can be reached from any place with a browser and Internet access.
That’s where on-demand software can help. On-demand software offers business solutions that give teleworking employees access to all the same information as if they were in the office.
In addition to Going Green, on-demand software can help business owners Save some Green. Some of the ways you can start Saving Green with on-demand software include:
• Affordable month-to-month subscription fees
• Pay only for the licenses you need, as long as you need them
• No software upgrade fees
• No support and maintenance fees
• Reduced requirement for dedicated IT resources