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With the advent of programs like GoTo Meeting and SalesForce, as well as technology like smart phones, apps, and high-speed wireless networks…telecommuting has become a viable option for many employers. According to this article, it also greatly reduces pollution caused by long commutes and cuts down on energy and space requirements in office buildings.

The article’s author, Lea Green, says that an estimated 40 percent of jobs currently held by U.S. employees could be done at home, and if fewer people drive to work, fewer emissions and greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere. You don’t have to think twice to realize traffic congestion could greatly be reduced and we would save money on gas – wouldn’t that be a treat!

“Every year, the U.S. workforce consumes 67 billion gallons of gas. A telecommuting workforce would save two billion gallons of gas annually while also reducing total vehicle miles traveled by 35 billion,” says Green. Working from home has redefined its traditional meaning and is now considered to be a ‘green’ job. “Telecommuting is a simple, but powerful tool for planet wellness.”

Just like asking your office to switch to vegetable-based printer ink and to get a recycle box, it can be daunting to convince your management team that working from home a few days a week would be beneficial to both your productivity and the environment. Green’s article helps you prepare to approach and negotiate with your boss, and outlines how to be the model telecommuter:

You need to designate a work space. You need to organize your home office. Also, you need to invest in telecommuter-friendly technology. Creating a routine and sticking to it is important as well. Don’t forget to dress as if you were going into the office. All of these things are explained in more detail in Ms. Green’s article. Bonus: a free e-book that outlines all of the benefits, as well as pitfalls, to telecommuting.


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