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Save the Polar Bears.  Work from Home.

April 18, 2017

Earth Day is just around the corner and with it comes one of the go-to questions of our time: what are you doing to help combat climate change in your daily life?  For most, it is the small things we learned in school: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Small actions by everyone can snowball into big results.

What if your small action could produce big environmental AND personal results?

No matter where you live, the commute to work is getting worse, not better.  Roads are in worse condition, there are more cars on the road, and there is always that one driver who seems to have been put on this earth just to cut you off.  Or maybe you take public transit.  Did you get a seat this morning?  Probably not.  For you, the commute is a pain.

For the Earth, your commute is also a pain.  In 2014, emissions from transportation were the second largest contributor to Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions at 23%, with an increase of 32% between 1990 and 2014.  Passenger emissions alone increased by 15% in this same period, despite improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency.

Imagine what working remotely could do

Around 15.4 million Canadians commute to work, with 17% traveling 45 minutes or more each way.  That’s an hour and a half of the day lost, just to go to work.  If each of these commuters were to work from home one day a week, imagine the difference it could make.

But in order for employees to work effectively from home, your business needs to have the right tools in place to ensure the remote experience is the same as the in-office experience.  Cisco Spark is an app-centric cloud-based service that provides a complete collaboration suite for teams to create, meet, message, call, whiteboard, and share, regardless of whether they’re together or apart.  So your employees can save the polar bears without missing a beat.

Work from home, reduce commuting costs and time, and help the environment?  It’s a win-win.

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