Business Journals: Embracing the Remote Economy Can Yield Environmental & Personal Benefits

Imagine this: you’ve been working all day on your home computer, attending videoconferences, and managing your team spread out over half of the country. Then you step outside and are greeted by the beauty and quiet of nature. Sounds pretty great, right?

That is what life is like for remote workers in the heart of the U.S.

As the world begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, companies from Facebook to Google are looking at remote work as a key to their future. In Missouri, companies are embracing remote work for their employees. For example, Square’s Missouri office, which recently announced plans to increase its workforce from 500 to 1,400 people, continues to see growth in the region and has announced long-term work-from-home policies for its employees.

Global Workplace Analytics estimates that 56% of the U.S. workforce currently holds jobs that are compatible with long-term remote work. While remote working isn’t a luxury that is available to all workers, it could help solve some serious problems in the years ahead.

The emergence of online meeting tools like Zoom is prompting companies to conduct more business virtually, resulting in increased environmental benefits. Allowing workers to do their jobs from home would remove a considerable chunk of the traffic in morning and evening rush hours, yielding benefits for the planet and relieving some of the pressure on infrastructure.

Increased trust in the workforce and the ability to work from anywhere are incentivizing moves to more affordable places. Why would an employee working for a New York City or San Francisco company fork over the bulk of their paycheck to pay rent to do a job in an office which they are perfectly capable of doing from somewhere like Missouri?

Check out more on new trends in remote work and the rest of the article from The Business Journals here.

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