Telecommuting has become an everyday activity after the arrival of the COVID-19 in 2020. Although previously many companies promoted it, today it is the most common form of work. However, the benefits it brings to the environment have been much discussed, which is why today we want to point them out.
Does teleworking benefit the environment?
The answer to this question is yes. As you will read below, the benefits of teleworking for the environment are numerous and, above all, very relevant for nature. Join us to get to know them in detail
Reduces CO 2 emissions
The emissions of carbon dioxide (CO 2) are one of the main culprits of destroying the ozone layer. These emissions are generated mainly from cars’ use; therefore, reducing their use, thanks to teleworking, has helped considerably reduce these polluting gases.
Less use of paper
Paper in the office sometimes becomes indispensable for making deliveries or simply jotting down notes in meetings. With teleworking, its use has been reduced to a great extent, which generates a decrease in energy used in its production.
Reduce energy use
Achieving energy savings in the office can be difficult, depending on the type of equipment used. Typically these workspaces are equipped with multiple computers or laptops (depending on the number of employees), light bulbs, printers, photocopiers and, above all, air conditioning systems whose energy consumption is high.
Fortunately, teleworking has managed to reduce the use of electricity in these spaces, taking into account that offices consume twice and much energy as homes.
Less use of plastic
If you were one of the people who used to buy packaged food to take to work and eat or snack as soon as possible, its reduction might have been noticeable since you have teleworked.
The fight against the use of plastic is still being practised and, if from home we can help reduce it, let’s tries to maintain our habits to replace plastic with other less polluting materials. The planet will appreciate it!
Decrease environmental pollution
Environmental pollution occurs in large cities due to the use of cars and many passersby’s routine on the main streets and avenues. With teleworking, the reduction of this type of pollution has benefited.
The pollution of the soil, of the air and noise pollution or noise, mainly has declined since more companies adopted the measures telecommuting for their employees to the onset of the global pandemic.
Delays climate change
Finally, due to the benefits of telework mentioned in the previous points, it is believed that this form of work may delay the effects of climate change. Therefore, its advantages positively affect not only the present but also the future of the environment.
Benefits for the worker
As you can see, the benefits of teleworking to the environment are relevant for the planet. However, not only nature is the primary beneficiary of this modality, so are the workers who now enjoy:
. Comfort for the worker.
. The balance between work and personal life.
. Stress reduction
. Saving money (by not having to use the car or public transport to get around);
. Higher productivity;
Regarding this last benefit of teleworking, the report “The future of work after COVID-19”, carried out by the consultancy Robert Walters, shows that workers are more productive working from home.
According to the report, 47% of professionals acknowledge having achieved better results since working under this modality. Therefore, it is an aspect that also benefits companies and the success of operating day activities.
Suppose you are also teleworking from home, the corner bar or your children’s favourite park. In that case, it is essential that you consider different aspects to telework responsibly and, thus, continue helping the planet with the above benefits. How can you do it? Very easy:
. Use efficient computers to carry out your day-to-day tasks. Take into account the consumption of the desktop or laptop computer and notify your company immediately in case of identifying problems.
. If you use a laptop, do not keep the equipment connected to electricity throughout your workday. Please take advantage of its battery and carry out the necessary changes to continue working.
. Select a workplace with enough natural lighting, preferably near windows, so that you get the most out of the daylight.
. Eat healthy snacks and drink plenty of water.
. After finishing work, disconnect and take the time to take a walk in the outside world.
In short, teleworking is an activity that, although not everyone is used to doing it, is becoming more and more common, which is why we must adapt to new trends and take advantage of its endless benefits.
If you telecommute, tell us about your experience in the comments and don’t forget to share this article with your colleagues. From our workspaces, we can help the environment.