The Environmental Benefits of Remote Work

One of the greatest benefits of technology (especially for parents) is the rise in opportunities for working at home. It’s more convenient and often less stressful, and while you may not have considered this – there are many environmental benefits of remote work.

While employees and employers alike rave about remote work — with benefits including saved money, increased productivity, and reduced employee turnover — they don’t often discuss the positive impact it can have on the environment.

Remote work, also called telecommuting, is on the rise. According to FlexJobs, almost 3 percent of the total US workforce works remotely at least half of the time, a 115 percent increase from 2005.

Remote work may do more for the planet than we expected. Here are some of the most impactful positive environmental benefits of remote work.

Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The biggest and most obvious advantage to telecommuting is not having an actual commute to work. For many, this mostly means big savings on time and money, but employees will also greatly reduce their carbon footprints.

Decreased Consumption of Fossil Fuels

Decreasing our fossil fuel usage is a key factor in keeping the environment safer and improving the climate situation.

Fewer employees in the office means using fewer resources, which is one of the most effective ways to combat climate change.

Fewer Office Resources Used

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