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Swiss celebrate “Home Office Day”

Published on: 19 May 2011 11:28 CET

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The initiative aims at contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the country, besides gifting stressed-out workers a day at home.

The first edition of the home-working day was celebrated on May 18, 2010, with thousands of employees throughout Switzerland participating, said a statement on the Day’s official web page.

The initiative is sponsored by industry giants such as Microsoft, Swisscom and SBB.

The site offers tips on how to make it a successful working day, including advice on the set up of virtual meetings, as well as reminders to take lunch breaks and not to work in your pyjamas.

Organizers said that one Home Office Day provides a reduction of 1,240 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“This is reason enough to revive the Home Office Day in 2011 - as a stimulus to encourage a break with conventional wisdom and prove that quality of life, productivity and climate protection are not antagonistic terms,” the statement said.