Apparently, working from home is environmentally conscious and not only because there is no commuting involved. According to a new study from TeamViewer, employees are more environmentally conscious when they work at home, and many cite the environment as one of the reasons they choose to telecommute.
The company conducted a survey called “Telecommuting for Earth,” in which it surveyed 500 American workers aged 18 years or older. The survey was aimed at determining the environmental impact of working at home.
Results of the survey suggest that working from home has strong positive environmental impacts, due to measures many people take while at home that they don’t take while in the office, such as shutting off lights, recycling and shutting down computers.
The survey showed that 74 percent of users don’t bother to shut lights off after leaving a room while at work, 39 percent don’t recycle, 50 percent don’t power down their computers and 60 percent don’t make their own lunch. Ninety-seven percent of those surveyed estimated they use fewer resources when working at home with 86 percent of American’s surveyed saying they use less gas.
Additionally, bosses are also taking into account the environmental impacts of telecommuting when deciding whether or not to allow employees to work from home. Forty-two percent of bosses surveyed said the planet weighs strongly or very strongly into the equation when deciding if employees should be allowed to work from home and 62 percent said the planet weighs at least somewhat strongly when making the decision.
The survey results also show that employees actually save money by working from home, with 42 percent of respondents saying they save between $1-$20 per day up to six percent of those surveyed reporting they save upwards of $80 a day when working from home.