Utah Companies Make Green Difference…

Fact: Gas prices continue to rise

Fact: Interstate traffic congestion outpaces new road construction

Fact: Utah air quality is among worst in the nation 

As consumers complain about $3.30/gal for regular gasoline, some Utah companies are taking creative approaches to lower fuel bills and lower stress for commuting staff.

PilmerPR in Orem addresses the problem of rapidly rising commute costs by allowing staff members to telecommute from home. High speed Internet, online public relations research tools, and advanced collaboration software allows the company to save on office space, reduce the stress of commuting, run a virtually paperless business, and save more than 2,000 gallons of gasoline a year. Most client meetings are handled at the client’s office or by teleconference. Thus, proving one small business can make a difference, be earth friendly and socially responsible.  

When AdvancedMD of Draper discovered they had half a dozen software developers commuting from Layton, they opened a small satellite office there. The yearly savings for this small group are substantial: 

Reclaimed staff family time                      350 hours         

Reduced tire and road wear                     120,000 miles

Savings in imported gas                           6,000 gallons

Staff fuel savings                                     $18,000 

See ABC4 coverage of this story. 

Utah companies should seriously consider letting workers telecommute at least part-time.  Most people have a home computer and access to high speed Internet. It takes self-motivated staff and a little trust, but the benefits are huge, even for small companies.

About the Author:

As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.

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