When discussing remote access work systems, people often speak of them as "win-win" situations, in which the employees and the company both benefit. The employees get the freedom and flexibility of working at home, and the company gets the reduced costs that come with reduced office size and office space.
While this description is certainly true, there are actually even more benefits to remote access work systems that the description doesn't cover. Of these, perhaps the most important are the benefits to the environment. Remote access work systems allow businesses and workers to drastically reduce their carbon footprint and other forms of environmental impact, and by doing so, they can make any business or enterprise more environmentally friendly. To understand how this works, read on.
Less Fossil Fuels
Environmental reformers focus much of their effort on reducing the amount of fossil fuels that people burn, and with good reason. Not only are our supplies of fossil fuels rapidly dwindling, but fossil fuels also emit vast quantities of carbon and pollutants, which diminish air quality and threaten to disturb the precious balance of environments worldwide.
Moreover, it's for this reason that environmental reformers are major proponents of remote access work systems, which can slash the amount of fossil fuels that businesses require. For one, employees that work remotely don't need to drive to work or take the bus, and both those things require gasoline, one of the principal fossil fuels. Businesses that use remote access work systems to reduce their office space also don't have to burn natural gas to heat their offices, and reducing our usage of natural gas is just as important as reducing our usage of gasoline.
Experts predict that the United States could easily reduce its fossil fuel usage by ten or twelve percent, simply by shifting a small portion of its workforce to remote access work systems. That would be a major win for businesses and for our natural environment.
Reduced New Development
Each year, American companies build millions of square feet of office space, and they do so at no small expense to them or to the environment. New development destroys green space, which is often already at a premium in American communities, and it requires huge inputs of fossil fuels and other natural resources. The unfortunate thing is that much of this development is redundant and could be avoided. Businesses don't actually need to spend the money or time required to develop whole new office complexes, and communities don't need to tolerate the environmental impacts those office complexes entail.
That's because many of these office complexes could be made much smaller, if not eliminated altogether, simply by shifting their resident businesses to remote access work systems. Remote access work systems allow businesses to shift their workers to other locations, and reduce the space needed for offices. Even those businesses that need some office space and cannot entirely shift their work force to remote access working can often shift some of their employees to remote access working. If more businesses did this, there would be no need for new development of office space in most parts of America, even if the country does experience considerable economic growth.
Reduced Long-Distance Travel
A surprisingly large portion of America's energy expenditure is spent on long-distance travel, and much of that travel is done for business. Meetings, conferences, consultations, and many other business activities require that hundreds of thousands of workers move around the country every single day, and their travel requires an enormous amount of gasoline, electricity, and service personnel. This energy expenditure could be eliminated almost entirely if companies were to adopt remote access work systems.
Certainly, there are many companies that simply cannot have their employees work remotely, and they won't consider shifting their employees to remote work on a long-term basis. But there are few meetings or conferences that couldn't be facilitated by the high-tech, high-speed conferencing and remote access systems in place today. People can meet face to face over the Internet, and discuss just as easily as if they were talking in person. Businesses hesitant to consider remote access working for their day-to-day activities should at least consider using remote access systems to facilitate their meetings and conferences. This can greatly reduce a business's travel budget—and just as importantly, it will push any business closer to the ideal of having a size zero carbon footprint.
Therefore, there are three major ways that remote access work systems will cut back on a business's environmental impact, and make it greener and more environmentally friendly. And with the savings that can be had in the process, this is an eco-friendly solution that should interest almost any business.