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Remote work as an opportunity for climate protection

How the environment benefits from remote work  

When the Corona pandemic broke out in Germany in spring 2020, remote work was more present than ever before. Many employees now work from home and have a home office.

In the meantime, we can see the positive changes remote work has had on companies. Parallel to this, the many positive influences of this development on the environment or climate protection can be seen. Among other things, remote work helps to save energy, Coand to minimize paper and waste consumption.

 

More sustainability in the home office    

The extent to which remote work and working from home are more sustainable and have a positive impact on climate protection becomes clear in the following points:


Saving energy 
 

It is not new knowledge that many electronic devices are needed in an office building, and that these usually run in standby mode or are even in operation 24 hours per day. Printers and coffee machines are rarely switched off, and in many offices the lights are on all day. 

This is different in the home office. The mere awareness that one is in one’s own four walls triggers a rethink in many people. The coffee machine and the light, for example, are only switched on when they are needed.

Reducing Co2 emissions  

Daily journeys to work are no longer necessary, and the use of public transport is also reduced. This fact is probably the most obvious when thinking about remote work and home office.

Greenpeace has evaluated the effects this has on CO2 emissions from transport in a study. It says that emissions can be reduced by 5.4 million tons per year if only 40 per cent of employees do remote work permanently two days a week.

Furthermore, with two fixed days per week in the home office, up to 21 billion fewer passenger kilometers are driven per year. As seen in 2020, this elimination of kilometers driven also affects petrol prices. The demand for crude oil has fallen worldwide and prices have been at a low level as a result. 

Another significant CO2 saving from remote work and working from home was the reduction in air travel. Many more meetings are now held online, which also has a positive effect on the climate and the air.

Separate waste  

It is often incomprehensible that something works in your own four walls but not in an office community. Waste separation is one such issue. This is probably due to the fact that in one’s own four walls, more attention is paid to the correct separation of waste, whereas in an open-plan office, for example, things sometimes end up in the wastepaper basket that do not belong there.

In terms of saving waste, working from home has another advantage. Common water dispensers or coffee machines that dispense drinks in plastic cups are rarely found at home. This means that a lot of plastic and disposable waste can be avoided.

Saving paper  

Remote work has another positive effect on saving paper. Due to the decentralized work of the employees, digital signatures and digital filing have finally become part of everyday office life. Printing documents is often no longer necessary and only what is absolutely needed on paper should be printed. Paper documents that are passed from desk to desk internally and then filed and archived in folders are a thing of the past with remote working models.

 

Environmentally friendly for many years  

Outsourcing4work – remote solutions has been working 100% remotely for many years and is therefore environmentally friendly. In this way, we make a sustainable contribution to climate protection. However, we do not just keep our experience in the field of functioning remote work to ourselves. As a partner, consultant and mediator of IT specialists and provider of back office outsourcing solutions, we help our customers to successfully integrate remote employees or entire teams into the company and to make the best possible use of the opportunities offered by remote work.

If you also want to rely on remote work with our cost-efficient staffing solutions and thus also make a contribution to climate protection, then contact us for free initial consultation!

 


Digital teams: remote working tools for IT startups in 2021

Home offices and remote working have been part of everyday life since the Corona pandemic. For IT startups and international companies, however, decentralized teams have recently become the norm. Thanks to digital infrastructures, physical presence is no longer a prerequisite for successful collaboration. Today, digital teams can access and collaborate on projects from anywhere.

However, for remote working to succeed, clear structures and regular agreements are a must. A number of practical remote working tools make digital workflows organized, manageable and efficient. Whether sessions are for feedback, team brainstorming for a customer project or sharing documents – digital tools will simplify the interaction within the team. At outsourcing4work, we have been working exclusively remotely for 10 years. Here we talk about which tools you should implement in your home office. 

5 practical remote working tools in 2021


For an overview in project management: Trello

When many employees are working on a project, good and long-term organization is an essential requirement. Who is working on a concept for the new landing page? Has the blog post already been released? And what is the deadline for the client’s homepage? With Trello, you can create cards for each task, distribute to-dos to your team members and give clear instructions on deadline, budget and requirements. Links, comments, photos and documents can also be attached to each card. Thanks to the program’s clear interface, you’ll always be able to keep track of the status of your projects.    

Accurate time tracking with Time Doctor 

An ideal time and productivity tracker for any team working remotely is Time Doctor. The web-based software offers numerous tools such has minute-by-minute time tracking and work session control. Other handy features such as invoicing and reminders support remote office operations and employee productivity.    

For spontaneous communication and larger conferences: Go-to-Meeting   

Complex issues and cross-departmental projects are usually better discussed in live meetings and video conferences. For smooth conferences with up to 250 participants, Go-to-Meeting is a tool that is as uncomplicated as it is reliable. Meetings can be started with just one click, and all conversations are securely encrypted via SAML SSO login. Thus, even large meetings are possible virtually.     

Project management with Jira   

Whether software development, task management or bug tracking: With Jira, remote teams can keep track of all work in the team and manage in an efficient manner. Integrated Scrum and Kanban boards are built into the Jira software and can be used directly. Task status, workflow, development steps and teamwork can be clearly tracked, analyzed and overviewed.     

Mobile applications with Office 365   

The cumbersome process of sending documents back and forth takes up time and is inconvenient. Office 365 combines intelligent cloud services with maximum security. Applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint can be organized in the cloud – so team members can access and edit documents together from different devices. Applications are always up-to-date in the subscription model, streamed on-demand and synchronized on devices that are connected to the respective Microsoft account.   

  

Looking for support from remote working professionals?

As one of the largest and oldest German 100% remote companies, we have established various solutions that optimize digital communication and collaboration among all employees, worldwide. Both our customers and our employees benefit from this experience. As a partner and mediator of IT professionals, we provide our customers with precisely fitting and qualified IT employees, for permanent employment on-site or remotely, within two to four weeks. At the same time, we are consultants in personnel matters and a contact partner for a smooth and efficient cooperation in IT teams.  

 

Would you also like to rely on remote work?

Contact us for a free initial consultation!