Here’s the simple answer: work flexibility.
Work flexibility means giving your staff options when it comes to where, when, and how their work gets done, through flexible or alternative schedules as well as telecommuting.
Workers desperately want these options. 79% of workers want to be able to work from home at least part-time. And 45% would even give up part of their salary in exchange for flexibility. Businesses benefit from these options. 57% of managers report that flexibility increases retention. Employers can save between $2000-6500 per year for a half-time telecommuter.
But beyond being great for employees and for business, work flexibility is also a must-have for the environment.
The average American currently spends about 50 minutes a day commuting. One in three people reports having had a daily commute of 2 hours or more in their careers. 86% of us drive in a car, truck, or van. 76% of us drive alone. 42% of us are traveling between the hours of 7am-9am. Traffic jams currently account for 26 million extra tons of greenhouse gases. Just telecommuting half-time could reduce carbon emissions as much as taking all New York commuters off the road completely.
And beyond reducing or eliminating commutes, workers on staggered schedules as part-time telecommuters could share space, and full-time telecommuters don’t need a traditional office space at all, reducing real estate needs. Teleconferences could take the place of in-person meetings, minimizing both ground and air travel. Less real estate and less travel means a lower carbon footprint.
Are you sold? Join forward-thinking organizations like the Green Business Bureau and sign up to be part of the first national initiative to create a collective voice in support of work flexibility: 1 Million for Work Flexibility. Help us generate productive change in the workplace.
Christopher from Georgia signed up because he knows work flexibility can “reduce stress on employees, the environment, and the economy.” Kathy from Pennsylvania signed up because she wants “the freedom to be effective, productive, ecologically-minded, and economically charged.” Leah from South Carolina signed up because she knows that “telecommuting is [the] “greenist” form of work while preserving dedication, productivity and team approach.”
Let us know that you agree work flexibility is a win/win for companies, employees, and the environment by signing up today!
Author: Emma Plumb is Director of Work Flexibility Initiatives at platinum Green Business Bureau member FlexJobs. In that role, she serves as project manager for 1 Million for Work Flexibility, a national initiative supported by a coalition of business leaders, nonprofits, and companies that embrace the big picture benefits of flexible work options. 1 Million for Work Flexibility aims to inspire support for work flexibility from one million people across the country.