Want to Do Your Part to Fight Global Warming? To that End, You Should Begin Conducting Remote Job Interviews

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing the world today, and despite the fact that the President of the United States may be inclined to overlook it, the vast majority of international leaders and all scientists agree that it is a major concern. If the melting of the polar ice caps is not enough to convince people of the severity of this issue, then the recent record-breaking heatwave in France should certainly make the point. We cannot think of a more fitting metaphor to illustrate the seriousness of climate change.

The planet has more problems than only climate change. However, facing this year, we marked 50 years since the police raided the Stonewall Inn, the single most important event in the fight for LGBT rights. And #metoo taught us that the gender pay gap is the very least that women have to deal with in their working lives.

Despite feeling disheartened by the current situation, we would like to offer something to look forward to. The world is undoubtedly facing some difficult issues, but we believe we have a solution that could be beneficial for everyone. This task can be accomplished from the comfort of your own home. We understand that this may not be enough to lift spirits, so if necessary, we recommend taking a break and enjoying a marathon viewing of Chernobyl.

Getting Rid of Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that transportation is the sector that is contributing the most to the growth in greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem that can be implemented, such as reducing the number of flights taken for non-essential purposes. Additionally, we can all make a difference by choosing to use public transport or purchasing a hybrid or electric vehicle.

But imagine if we didn’t have to get in a car every day. If our daily commute was walking into a home office and sitting down at a desk.
Now think bigger. What if everyone in your team did that? What if it became the norm?

By avoiding the daily commute, you can make a positive contribution to the environment by minimising your carbon footprint. Unfortunately, it was reported that last year seven million lives were lost due to traffic-related incidents. However, the environmental benefits of avoiding the daily journey are only part of the picture. According to studies, the typical workday in the United States involves a round trip of 26 minutes. It is believed that spending such a large amount of time in a vehicle on a regular basis could be detrimental to one’s health in a number of ways, including:

  • Blood pressure elevation.
  • The stress hormone, cortisol, is elevated.
  • Sedentary lifestyles are linked to increased body fat.
  • Sore back
  • A decline in good behaviour because of
    time
  • Possibility of developing cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular accidents
    (Compared to a physical commute such as walking)
  • Lowered levels of happiness in one’s life

The truly excellent news is that decreasing the issues related to health and wellbeing is not only a great outcome for your team. One of the primary benefits of remote work is increased productivity, so it is understandable that you may have been worried about this.

Enhanced Variety

Trump’s America, Brexit’s United Kingdom, and the ascent of radical politics around the world there’s no doubt that intolerance is on the
rise. One thing that can really help promote tolerance is exposure to different ways of life. That’s why representation is so important, seeing different cultures, faiths, sexualities, and ways of life represented in media helps us all to understand each other.

Working from home might help you build a more diverse team. Think about it, if you’re hiring only the people who live locally to you,
you’re likely to be hiring people who are pretty much alike. Spread your net a little further, and it will include a more diverse population.

As we continue to expand our reach across the globe, we are actively connecting employers with highly-qualified job seekers. By doing so, we are able to create a diverse workforce of individuals from different time zones, cultures and perspectives. This can be especially beneficial for those who may have family commitments or health issues which prevent them from attending work on a regular basis, yet still wish to be employed.

There is clear evidence that businesses can benefit from embracing diversity, such as reduced employee turnover, improved decision-making, and faster problem-solving. Even if this altruistic approach to promoting tolerance and acceptance does not appeal to some, these results should be enough to convince them of the value of diversity.

Renewal of Rural Areas

Recently, our podcast with Jo Palmer shed light on how her virtual organisation, Pointer Remote, is helping people living in geographically remote parts of Australia to secure remote employment. Sadly, the majority of high-paying jobs are located in large urban areas, and this has resulted in a significant number of rural communities having to face the harsh reality of poverty. This situation is so critical that the US government has recently declared a national emergency.

Furthermore, economic inequality is not confined to the borders of a single nation. Inequality is an issue. Look at the worldwide picture, how money is focused on certain countries while others still have relative poverty. Take a guess about one way you can help spread the cash around? You got it, remote working.

Remote workers have the advantage of being able to work from any location with an active internet connection. This is a great benefit to those who wish to work from anywhere in the world, and the idea of the ‘digital nomad’ drinking coffee on a volcano is a popular image of this type of lifestyle. However, it is important to note that remote workers can also be found in suburban and rural areas. This is a great way to redistribute resources to areas that could benefit from an influx of cash and other resources.

Convergence

The development of technology has seen a tendency for emerging trends to come together, becoming more alike. As remote working has many benefits, a considerable amount of resources is being invested into the development of technologies that enable communication across long distances. The telephone was the first form of communication, and the invention of the internet has taken long-distance communication to a new level, providing us with a wide range of tools to assist in communication, the sharing of information and collaborative working.

In this digital age, virtual reality is becoming increasingly commonplace, with meetings taking place in virtual spaces and individuals interacting with avatars instead of real people. Technological advances have enabled telecommuting and have had a profoundly positive impact on society. Looking ahead, it is foreseeable that everyone, regardless of their personal circumstances, will be able to access a global network that enables them to communicate their ideas and views without restriction.

Do Something Brave

Were you persuaded by us? For those who think that telecommuting is going to help save the world then you can be a part of the team that makes that happen. Are you ready to step up and become a remote work hero?

Are you looking to fill remote working roles within your organisation? If so, we are well-placed to assist you. Our expertise lies in sourcing highly qualified remote workers who are interested in the kind of opportunities you offer. Each CV we present to you will have already undergone a thorough screening process. Within a two-week period, you will have a selection of capable, remote-ready candidates at your disposal, ready to join your team. Does this sound like something that would work for you? Don’t hesitate to start conversations with Works.

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