Should We Reduce Emissions by Staying Remote?
Okay, so we are all tired of social distancing and self quarantining to some degree, even us introverts, and hope this passes quickly with as few adverse affects as possible. But it is clear the world has radically changed.
“the carbon footprint is the single most important KPI of the century” - anonymous
Some of the results are negative, but one byproduct of Covid-19 that is positive has been the reduction of emissions across the globe. Less travel means lower emissions, giving our air a much needed break, although there is fear that the break is temporary only.
So, how do we keep this good thing going? Well, we could have a larger population remain working from home. Now that the initial fears about productivity, compliance and security have been largely worked through on a global scale, companies are far more likely to consider flexibility for remote workers, permanently changing policies that needed a pandemic to trigger change.
I personally have been a remote worker for over 2 years in my current role, and frankly find myself more productive than I was in an office and no commute. Take the 20 miles a day I drove 5 days a week (100 miles a week) and reduce it to more like 5 miles per week and there is a positive impact to something bigger than work.
Okay so it is nice to see co-workers in person sometimes, but I for one hope this remote trend picks up steam which is at least partially why ZOOM is focused on remote worker compliance, revenue protection and workforce optimization features for our products.