Telecommuting can mean many things. For the purposes of this blog post, I am referring to businesses allowing workers to work from home at least one day per week. Service and information industry workers are prime candidates for such arrangements at least part of the time. Now days, remote access technology is widely available to allow this type of arrangement for many workers. It is even possible for many workers to work from home without such remote access technology – with a standalone computer or even the correct paper files.
According to the EPA – Combustion of fuel (primarily gasoline) accounts for emissions of 70 percent of smog precursors, and 90 percent of carbon monoxide in urban areas.(1). Can you imagine the impact if a good percentage of companies implemented a one day per week telecommuting day for their eligible employees?
Aside from obvious green benefits, businesses can see other benefits as well. For example, savings on office space and increased employee morale. Letting employees work from home at least one per week also lessens their risk of becoming victims of traffic related fatalities.
So if you are a business principle and want to do your part, have you looked into a one day Telecommuting day? A Green Day?