In the Avaya.com blog “How Telecommuting Can Save The Planet,” experts analyze just how environmentally friendly telecommuting can be.
- The average American spends over an hour (35 miles) per day in the car.
- The average American spends around 40 hours a year in traffic. That’s an entire work week!
- Americans as a whole drive 250 billion miles each and every month.
- In 2012 alone, Americans used 169.9 billion gallons of gas.
So how can businesses cut down on these outrageous commuter statistics and better the planet? Telecommuting. One Australian tech company estimates that software-enabled collaboration via the Avaya Flare® Experience can help them save roughly $35,000 per person in travel costs annually. Best of all, the company estimates a 30% boost in productivity, as well. That’s what we like to call a win-win.
More Telecommuting Statistics
- A Texas law firm reduced its office space from 17,000 square feet to 2,200 square feet, saving $60,000 annually in operating costs.
- A U.S. shipping and logistics company estimates savings between $40,000 and $60,000 annually in conventional, in-person training costs by using virtual offices.
Of course, telecommuting has other benefits, as well. We addressed these benefits in our previous blog “Telecommuting: The Benefits of working from Home.” The benefits include:
- Commuting: Well, obviously telecommuters do not have to worry about long commutes or traffic, allowing them to be much more productive throughout the day.
- Flexibility: Telecommuters are not confined to a 9-5 work schedule, allowing employees to better balance work and home.
- Budget Friendly: When an employee works remotely, you do not have to worry about housing this employee, providing a computer, desk, and other essential items. This helps saves money.
- Talent: Most importantly, telecommuting allows employers to hire top talent from around the globe. This also helps you retain the talent you have.
- Productivity: Teleworkers are, on average, 15- to 20 percent more productive than their colleagues at the office.
- And More!
Yet only 2.5% of American workers telecommute full-time while Global Workplace Analytics estimates that half of Americans are working jobs that are compatible with telecommuting.
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