An important new study, “Workshifting Benefits: The Bottom Line”, by the Telework Research Network concludes what we have known for some time: Allowing employees to work from home benefits employers, employees and the environment.
Those of us responsible for leading programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our companies should include telecommuting as an element of our programs because:
- About $360 per year can be saved in gasoline expenses per employee telecommuting half of their time
- If businesses allow 100 employees to work half of their time from home, 129 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced just from getting those cars off the road.
Many of us work in companies that have not gotten on board with the concept of allowing employees to work from home, whether it’s because employers don’t believe employees have the discipline to work if they are not being observed by a supervisor, or they simply haven’t been convinced of the benefits. This study, however, provides a tool for those who want to make the case for telecommuting as a GHG reduction measure.
What is the policy in your company? Do you think this is an issue that the EHS or Sustainability Manager should champion or does it belong in HR or elsewhere?