Societal Benefits of Working Remotely

Ever since Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer declared that no employee of the search giant can work remotely anymore, there’s been a lot of back and forth amongst the blog world about the benefits of or the problems with working remotely.

We’d like to add a “sublist” to the existing pros of working remotely – which usually focuses on personal benefits and business growth –
called Societal Benefits:

  • If fewer people are commuting to work every day, the society will see benefits in:
    • Rush hour traffic: This will lighten up a bit if the numbers of remote workers continue to rise.
    • Congestion in banks, post offices and grocery stores:  If more people can run to the bank whenever they please, then those who have to work on-location won’t have quite as hard of a time getting up to a bank teller within the short lunch break they have.
  • Happiness is contagious. The more happy people we have, the more happy people we have.
  • Productivity doesn’t only affect the business; it affects society as well. If more people are working productively and getting rid of their “busyness,” then friends and family benefit as well.

This is just a small start to the societal benefits of working remotely. Do you have anything to add? If so, please share with us!

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