One of the biggest daily carbon footprints is the daily commute. Notice how more and more start-ups are having workers scattered around the world? I started a company with friends and we are separated by 900 miles, but we are on the same time zone. Google Hangout is our main method of connecting. Some may think e-mail is for the old guys. Well we are a bunch old guys, and at the stage we are in now e-mail works to allow everyone to be in their own mode without an interruptions. This e-mail approach is opposed to a quick collaboration Agile type of solution.
Here is a post by 37 signals on their office setup.
37 Signals followed the above post with another one focusing on HP/Best Buy/Yahoo!'s call for "all hands on deck" everyone must be in the office.
Belief in the power of our people is a core principle of the HP Way Now. Employees are at the center of what we do, we achieve competitive advantages through our people. HP has amazing employees who are driving great change.
Having a space where you can do your best work is your goal. Some companies think this way. Some don't.
What is so often true is management doesn't give you the reasons why they are changing policy.
It’s sad when you see once-great companies reduced to this smoldering mess of mistrust and cargo culting. But hey, at least we know now the pitch of the whistle that says its time to abandon ship. It’s “all hands on deck”.