Over the past few months, as the world went into quarantine to avoid the spread of COVID-19, people began to notice a change in the environment. Without daily commutes and weekends loaded with people out on the town, carbon emissions saw a rapid decline.
Now as the world slowly begins to return to normal, many are wondering how to maintain some sense of a more sustainable way of living, particularly, in the workplace. While many companies are returning to the office, some are not, and likely never will. Many companies have discovered the possibilities and benefits of remote work, and are encouraging their employees to find a local co-working space to operate out of due to the many environmental benefits that this type of working environment can initiate.
Many residents of Wheaton and other northwest Chicago suburbs spend a significant amount of their day commuting to and from downtown Chicago offices. Some travel via train, and some brave the stop and go traffic. No matter their choice of transportation, they are still traveling more than just down the road. Commuting and transportation, even by train, is a significant cause of carbon emissions. If people who live in Wheaton work in Wheaton for even a portion of their week, they will decrease the amount of carbon that they emit, personally, over the course of the year. As more and more companies encourage workers to operate closer to their own homes, you can expect a positive and compounding effect on the environment as a whole.
While encouraging employees to work closer to their home impacts the employee’s personal carbon footprint, it can also impact the company’s overall footprint. With less physical bodies in the office, less utilities will be utilized. This will both save the company money, and decrease the overall waste emitted from the office space. This type of operation can also allow the company the flexibility to downsize to a smaller office space, which would also contribute to a significant decrease in necessary utility costs.
Most companies have open offices and desks throughout the day as employees take lunches, meetings, or flex working hours. When areas of the office are not utilized, that becomes wasted space and wasted utilities. A co-working space allows for more people to work throughout the day while utilizing less space and waste by providing open seating for employees to come and go on their own time. This not only decreases your company’s carbon footprint, but an overall carbon footprint.
If you are interested in downsizing your company office space, or paying for office space for remote workers, contact TeamUp Coworking today to tour the space and find the plan that works best for your unique needs.