We've already talked about how budget-conscious companies can use flexibility in lieu of raises to help employee retention—43 percent of respondents in a recent survey said they would choose flexibility over a pay raise, after all—but flexibility can also provide the equivalent of a yearly bonus for employees.
When employees work from home for part or all of the workweek—using DeskPlus or Remote for location variety or location independence, respectively—they are able to save hundreds of dollars every year. It might not be as tangible as a big holiday bonus check, but from the employee standpoint, it's still money in the bank.
A 2018 analysis by SimpleTexting broke down how much people could save annually on gas in various U.S. metropolitan areas. Atlanta-based workers have the most to gain: $555 yearly by working remotely full-time and $278 by working away from the office half the time. Los Angeles isn't far behind, with $510 in potential savings. Seattle has $502 of potential savings per employee, Houston has $498, and Detroit has $490. Plus, working remotely offers other potential savings that aren't as easy to track: coffee, lunches, and even clothing and dry cleaning, for example.
And if time is money, as the adage goes, working remotely offers even more of a bonus per year: full-time remote employees in New York can save 343 hours annually by not commuting, which is more than two weeks out of every year. Chicagoans can save 294 hours per year, and San Franciscans can save 270.
Plus, when people get the opportunity to work at a location of their choosing, everyone wins. Remote work keeps workers off the roads, easing congestion around urban areas—to such a degree that The Washington Post estimated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recent restrictions to its telework program would add 42,000 commuter trips every week to the infrastructure of the Washington region. Easing traffic would also ease climate change: A 2007 Consumer Electronics Association survey suggested that if the 53 million Americans who could work from home did, the resulting reduction in carbon emissions would be the equivalent of taking more than 27 million vehicles off the road every year.
Saving people time and money while also saving the environment? Sounds like a no-brainer to us.