About the Working From Home Council
Working from home is no longer just the choice of a few fringe workers. People who work for the largest American corporations work from home and communicate through online collaboration technology. Likewise, freelancers, people who work for small companies, and many other individuals now work from home.
Working from home also isn’t just a convenience or a way for businesses to save a few bucks on office space. Working from home is a strategic opportunity for the United States.
Here are some fun facts:
- Americans spend 36.9 billion hours a year, commuting
- Americans drive 1.9 trillion miles commuting each year
- Americans spend $255 billion just for the gasoline to commute
- Americans consume 60.5 billion gallons of gasoline (the capacity of 1,298 Exxon Valdez tankers, fully loaded) each year to commute
- Americans release 1.16 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the air while commuting.
By contrast, working from home can provide measurable strategic benefits:
- We’d reduce our reliance on foreign oil
- We’d reduce pollution
- We’d reduce global warming
- We’d regain billions of hours of productivity and family time
- We’d save a ton of money
- We’d reduce our costs for road construction and highway maintenance
- We’d even probably reduce the number of latch-key kids
The goal of the Working From Home Council is to encourage employees to work from home, to communicate the benefits of working from home, and to provide resources for companies and employees to create innovative working from home programs.
Members of the council are companies that serve work-from-home individuals, companies like Internet service providers, cable companies, providers of collaboration software (at both the personal and enterprise level), computer makers, telecommunications providers, and so forth. Council members participate in programs of the Working From Home Council, and have the opportunity to sponsor awareness-building campaigns on the benefits of working from home.