Can Work From Home save the world? by Megan Murphy
In 2019 we talked about how virtual workers can out-perform traditional office workers. This blog mainly discussed how virtual workers were:
- Better communicators
- More productive
- And more consistent in their work
But I wonder, are there ways that virtual workers are helping other areas of life? Could they…save the world?
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Naturally, the first thought here is how virtual workers or those that work from home are helping the environment by not driving to and from work each day.
Even working from home just four days a week still has a significant impact, according to Forbes.
By working from home on a flexible schedule traffic emissions have been reduced by 10%!
Paper and Plastic Waste
Another reduction with an impact was in the amount of paper and plastic use. Virtual workers have helped to save an estimated 247 trillion sheets of paper by utilizing tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, email, and attachments!
Plastic use is down as well with fewer trips to coffee shops in the morning, fewer lunches being eaten out, and fewer trips to the water cooler.
By working from home, there is less wasted electricity. No office towers with floors of computers, phones, printers, overhead lights, and AC running 24/7, instead you only use what power you need and then move on with your day.
As we touched on before, when you work remotely you sharpen your communication skills in order to work effectively with your teammates and supervisors. There is no facial or body language to rely on, no pop-in questions. You must learn to write how you feel in a clear and concise way. Writing is therapeutic and even as you learn to express yourself through a paragraph or two in an email, you are working through the internal skills necessary to do so.
Breaking down emotional barriers can happen in several ways, another Forbes article insists. It’s not just about improving communication but when we work virtually, we are getting to know each other from inside our own homes. There’s something wholesome about curiously seeing a glimpse into our teammate’s life and plenty of times their kids or pets made a guest appearance! In a way, you get to know their whole family from across the country. That’s something working in a traditional setting couldn’t offer you.
I’m not saying that virtual workers are all it takes to save the world, but I can say confidently that we are making a big step towards doing so!
What are ways you can help?