As gas prices continue to rise – with no end in sight – U.S. drivers are finally reaching a breaking point and seeking out alternatives to avoid spending their paychecks on outrageous fuel expenses.
A recent study referenced by InformationWeek found that if everyone who *could* telecommute did their work from home twice weekly, the country could save 9.7 billion gallons of gas and $38.2 billion a year. The Telework Exchange survey cited that 92% believe they could do their jobs from home, but only 34% actually do telework. And, eighty-four percent of respondents said they rely on their own transportation for work.
The good news is, employees can work from home twice weekly to achieve those results – without sacrificing productivity. By negotiating ways for employees to work remotely 1-2 days a week this summer, companies and employees that pay travel expenses can save hundreds of dollars a month. The situation has led many employers to realize and more firmly believe that communicating and collaborating remotely using Web office collaboration tools such as Cisco WebEx' can often be as or more effective than working in the office. And, many employers believe that the switch to remote collaboration is here to stay – even if/when gas prices go down.
More alarming for employers, 28% of those polled in the above-mentioned study said they are even seeking new jobs to reduce commuting costs. Maybe businesses should be paying even *more* attention to helping their employees work remotely?