How Working From Home Helps The Environment

According to management consulting firm Global Workplace Analytics, 50% of the American workforce have jobs that could be done from home, but of those, only around 25% do. If all of them worked from home at least two to three days per week, it could mean big things for the U.S. economy and the global environment. Employees themselves could cut down on their gas consumption the way that employees at Dell did: in 2015, they saved an average of 175 gallons of gas per person and more than $12 million in total fuel costs. Expand that to the entire American workforce, and we could reduce U.S. oil consumption by 640 million barrels per year. There may also be environmental benefits. In 2015, Dell, Xerox, and Aetna cumulatively saved more than 95,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through their flexible work programs, which is the equivalent of taking 20,000 cars off the road. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. When employees work from home, companies save on office space. 00:10

  2. Employees who work from home are happier and less likely to quit their job. 00:39

  3. Employees who work from home work about 15% harder than those in the office, possibly because they're less distracted. 00:57

Written by Curiosity Staff July 23, 2016

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