Working From Home Can Possibly Save 11 Billion Road Miles. Here’s How.
As a result of the lockdowns caused by the coronavirus outbreak, a number of people started their new career journeys while working from home. A major number of businesses also shifted their whole business model towards online methodologies. One of the benefits that came along with the advent of remote work is not having to deal with daily commutes.
According to a British clean air campaign, working remotely is going to cut two airports’ worth of vehicle emissions, plus 11 billion miles of road distance. Moreover, the campaign also concluded that 3 quarters of the British workers don’t want businesses to return back to their “usual” workflow. Almost 9 out of 10 workers are in favor of some kind of remote work. If businesses keep on implementing a more flexible approach for the workflow, a fifth of Brith commute could be cut down completely. This report was published as a motivational urge for businesses to keep moving in the direction of a permanent remote work environment.
People have shown a positive attitude towards the quieter and less polluted streets. This positive attitude is another one of the contributing factors which promote the permanent overhaul of the business flow. Moreover, the majority of British cities have reported a tremendous 60% reduction in pollution. The levels of the harmful gas, nitrogen dioxide, in the environment, has also been reduced by a whopping 20-24% in the recent lockdowns.
People have adapted:
Around 87% of the workers who’re working from home say that they never want to go back to the traditional methods of in-office working and would like to keep living with some “degree” of remote work jobs. If it actually happens, the British commutes are going to be cut down by 11 billion miles. That’d also result in a 3.3 million tons reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In general terms, that equates to the cost of constructing the Luton Airport twice over.
London mayor, Sadiq Khan, said that the lockdown has massively improved the air quality of the city, which underlines the utter need to permanently change the way people work. Here’s what he had to say, “Here in London, we have already made great progress in improving air quality over recent years, and this has been accelerated further during the coronavirus lockdown. But cleaner air should not just be temporary. As the government starts to ease lockdown measures, our challenge will be to eradicate air pollution permanently. Continued working from home, where possible, is now vital for allowing essential journeys on public transport to be made safely.”
While being keen to devote his own efforts in improving the air quality, once and for all, Khan also emphasized that businesses play an important role in this difficult quest.
72% of the respondents also expressed their positive feelings about reducing air pollution, considering the ways coronavirus affects people’s lungs. 74% of the respondents said they want businesses to do “more” in order to fight street pollution.
Global Action Plan’s co-CEO, Chris Large, says, “There’s been an enormous jump in the amount of remote working happening in the U.K. That adds a new way of doing the work that needs to be done to get the economy up and running and keep people employed without having so many vehicles doing significant amounts of mileage.”
He also said the benefits of working remotely also positively affect the people who still have to commute. That’s because of the much cleaner and health-friendly environment.
With that all being said, the transition from traditional in-office jobs to remote work jobs is inevitable. But that’s not to forget this transition will indeed, take some time to implement completely. Since then, in-office jobs are going to sit around.