Telework Makes the Grade on Saving Money, Happier Employees, and Environment

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
Apr 7, 2011 2:10 PM ET

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Compa…

Did you know that if 10% of the nation's workforce telecommuted one day a week, we would avoid the frustration of driving 24.4 million miles, we'd breathe air with 12,963 tons less air pollution, and we'd conserve more than 1.2 million gallons of fuel each week?  Sustainable businesses looking to cut cost and also integrate sustainability concepts in business operations are looking to remote working to do the trick.  Why?  There are several contributing factors. 

For starters, a report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers highlights benefits of remote working including “reducing absenteeism, lowering turnover, improving the health of workers, and increasing productivity.”  The same benefits are borne out by the results of a report by The Telework Coalition, “Wired Working as a Lifestyle,” that found:   ·         businesses save an average of $20,000 a year for each full-time employee who works remotely; ·         employee productivity increased by an average of 22 % when remote working was allowed; ·         remote working reduced employee turnover by 50 %.   The good news is teleworking is gaining momentum.  According to a study conducted during National Telework Week, more than 60 percent of organizations surveyed said that management is more open to allowing employees to work remotely than they were just one year ago.  

Furthermore, a study by a communication researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee , illustrates that employees who telecommute the majority of the workweek are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those working mostly in the office because working remotely alleviates more stress than it creates.  Click here to learn more about telework saving money and promoting happier employees.


Home to one third of the earth's trees, the Taiga is the largest land-based biosphere and encircles the globe. Its immense oxygen production literally changes the atmosphere and refreshes the planet. It is this continuous renewal that has shaped Taiga Company's vision to drive similar change in the business world. Taiga Company seeks to be the "oxygen for your business".