Remote work is as good for the planet as it is for morale
As a company that supports remote teams, we at Coseer have found that by taking advantage of all the great business communication tools out there, it’s possible to boost employee happiness with sustainability. We believe that a successful company in 2018 and beyond must walk the walk when it comes to values. No compromises for the sake of branding – a company has to live and breath right ideas if it is to thrive.
One particular idea that none of can escape thinking about in some capacity is climate change. With the debate on global warming dominating news cycles the world over, the discussion around carbon footprint has never been louder. Most of us know we can reduce our carbon footprint by unplugging our devices even when they’re not in use, or by carpooling – these are individual measures. Have you ever stopped to wonder about your company’s carbon footprint? In the US, corporations are treated as individuals for legal purposes – shouldn’t we expect the same values around sustainability?
In 2017, just 100 companies accounted for 71% of carbon emissions. Even if you don’t work for a giant oil and gas conglomerate, there are still some powerful ways your company can reduce its carbon footprint.
Small and large companies alike are embracing remote work. Employees who work remotely are happier and more productive – and hugely energy efficient. Cutting commutes across the country could vastly cut down on the 27% of US gas emissions created by transportation. Even little things like eliminating the need for frequent dry cleaning (double points for saving on trips to the dry cleaner AND reducing usage of toxic chemicals like perchloroethylene) and forgoing “fast-fashion” to maintain a snappy professional wardrobe lead to more sustainable living for employees, and ultimately the world.
Be proactive with travel planning
Travel is a huge culprit as well. Day-to-day commuting aside, there just isn’t the same need for face-to-face meetings as there used to be, given the availability and low cost of all sorts of video or audio conferencing. By implementing some stricter trip review processes prior to employee travel and investing in video conferencing tech, you can maintain working relationships and save money while helping the planet.
If you’re stuck in an office, make smart energy choices
And then there’s the office. Energy expenditures in maintaining an office contribute up to 50% of a company’s carbon footprint. Switching to motion-sensing lighting, investing in an automatic power shut-off system, and making smart heating and cooling decisions can all the difference if your company isn’t ready to go fully remote yet.
You can have it all
At Coseer, we never could have anticipated all the perks that have come with going 100% remote. We’re a diverse team from all backgrounds and geographies, and our combined diversity and flexibility has changed the way we all work for the better. The dream is possible – by prioritizing your employees’ happiness, you will supercharge productivity and creativity while allowing them to thrive in their chosen environment – saving the greater environment for us all.