WFH, Remote work and US visa curbs have not only helped IT firms save on travel and commutation costs. But also lowered their carbon emissions. That’s important because global clients are increasingly asking potential vendors for data on “emission, energy, water, and waste,” Tech Mahindra’s sustainability head. Bernstein estimates that nearly 40% of Infosys’ and 37% of Wipro’s emissions are due to business travel and commute. Over 90% of desi IT staffers worked from home during the lockdown. Meanwhile, Google announced that its lifetime net carbon footprint is now zero.
It’s great to see tech giants Google, Microsoft, Amazon compete compete to be the top climate innovator. Google now promises to be 24/7 carbon free. Great.
Working remotely has contributed to the 17% temporary fall in emissions. We have globally managed to achieve for the first time since Industrial Revolution. The number proves that time and individual effort are great factors at play when working towards decarbonizing the way we live.
Although many miss the feeling of accomplishment that the glass architecture of an office permits, remote working offers new possibilities and most importantly – time. Many people feel an increase in productivity and well being, which has proven an incentive for companies to discontinue their leases.
Drawbacks of WFH
Some of the employees are facing it tough to manage family and work together. Managers are making them to work for more than 10 hours daily. It is directly effecting employee’s health. Many are facing depression, stress and anxiety issues. Hope Companies take actions and follow strict work hours so that the employee can spend some personal or family time happily.