Going green by working from home
By melinchina on Jun 10, 2008
There's an article on Yahoo Finance today about Sun's Work From Home program and how employees are able to protect the environment by working from home. It details how much we're helping the environment by allowing people to work from home, for example employees are saving more than $1,700 per year in gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles by working at home an average of 2.5 days a week.
Pam Kong recently gave her own account of the environmental benefits of working from home in her blog here.
The Work from Home program means a lot to me and my team personally, since 90% of my team work from home 3-4 days a week. We all come in to the office on Thursdays for what we call "AGC Day", it's mostly a chance for us to have face-to-face meetings, share announcements, and give the foosball table a little love. Shortly after we started the program I did a survey and came up with our stats on how we're benefitting by working from home:
By working from home 3-4 days per week, the 34 people at AGC who work from home are:
- spending a combined 160 hours a week doing some thing other than sitting in traffic.
- sparing the air 5,489 kilograms of carbon dioxide per week. (source: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/)
- saving Sun $272,000/year in real estate costs.
- prepared in case our building shuts down due to a bird flu scare - we would continue to work about the same as usual.
That last point is especially relevant as Beijing prepares for the 2008 Olympics. It's going to be a zoo around here so many people are encouraged to work from home during July and August. No problem for us, we do that all the time and we'll be just as productive during the Olympics as any other time.
The Work from Home program has been a huge success for us. Only one person switched back to be office-assigned after trying the program for a few weeks. That was me. What can I say? I love the harsh lighting and the big desk and the bad coffee. And I guess the nature of my job as a senior manager makes it harder for me to get my job done from home. But to the 34 AGCers who are working from home, sparing the air, and hopefully using some of those 160 hours with your families, I tip my hat to you.