Allowing staff to work from home can help to make a business more environmentally friendly, it has been suggested.
According to the Scotsman, because homeworkers have to make their own decisions about what office equipment to purchase, they often choose less expensive and smaller items.
For example, they are unlikely to purchase a large photocopier or heavy-duty fax machine and often work with a more energy efficient laptop instead of a computer.
They may also more careful with resources as they do not have the luxury of an office stationery cupboard for supplies.
The article continues: "They may even actively seek out green office supplies such as chlorine-free recycled paper, ozone-free correction fluid and soy-based ink cartridges."
A poll conducted by he CBI and Harvey Nash recently discovered that in order to better cope with the demands of the recession, many companies are now encouraging their employees to work flexibly.
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