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Going Green: How Video Conferencing Can Help Your Business Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

Few companies consider the full spectrum of their environmental impact, says Anant Sundaram, a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University who teaches a course on business and climate change. A carbon footprint analysis can create a more complete picture and provide a blueprint for reducing the load. While major corporations might hire an expert firm to conduct a customized and highly detailed evaluation, most small businesses use more affordable online survey tools,
— http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226467#ixzz2

From government, to the healthcare industry, and from education to small business, organizations across the globe are beginning to embrace new technology designed to help them reduce their carbon footprint. Not only are these socially responsible decisions good for our environment, they’re also good for your financial bottom line.

Video conferencing is often an ideal solution for businesses from small startups to thriving, multinational corporations. How might your business benefit from incorporating video teleconferencing into your arsenal of budget-friendly financial strategies? Could it really make a substantial difference, environmentally speaking?

The happy answer is a resounding “yes!”

Fewer cars on the road.

Even with carpooling, there are more vehicles commuting daily than ever before. A quick review of some of your employees’ actual responsibilities may reveal that the bulk of their work does not require a continuous, physical presence at the office. However, these employees remain an important part of the team, and it is important for them to have the capacity to contribute interactively in, for example, staff meetings.

With the advent of video teleconferencing solutions like Vidyo, your business can offer the best of both worlds. You can offer a work-from-home option for your employees, while still being able to connect with them live, in real-time, for meetings and other important events. It’s a triple win: business, employee, and environment.

Fewer lost hours of productivity.

It’s no secret that “calling in sick” doesn’t always mean an employee is physically ill. Rather that continuing to bleed dollars for lost productivity ostensibly attributed to illness, why not offer your employees the option of periodic “well being” days, in which they can work from home? With video teleconferencing solutions, these employees can enjoy some much needed time away from the office, while you can still check in with them periodically. The money saved could be invested in other projects designed to make your business more environmentally friendly.

Fewer jets in the skies.

Is there a motivational speaker or industry leader you’ve always wanted to see, but your budget is a bit too tight to swing it? Imagine if you could save on flights, hotels, and other incidental costs by using video teleconferencing to have him or her speak to your employees?

In a similar vein, you may have employees scattered across the globe who require the ability to work interactively. Instead of flying multiple employees to meet in a single location, why not set up video teleconferencing, whereby employees at your various locations have no need to travel in order to collaborate effectively with their long-distance colleagues?

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