Few things in life are more frustrating than being held up on your commute – you can’t help but think of all the things you could be doing at that moment instead of sitting in a train carriage or traffic jam.
Commuting has been identified as one of the main causes of daily stress, with lengthy journeys associated with poor sleep quality, exhaustion and bad health. The potential hold ups caused by commuting can also impact your business negatively. Reports value the cost of lost productivity through commuting to businesses through delays and transport problems at £1.2bn in the UK.
Flexible workspace provider Regus commissioned a survey canvassing the opinions of professionals working in medium-sized enterprises across the UK. The research discovered that almost two fifths of workers in medium-sized enterprises (38 per cent) report that they are free to work from locations other than their company’s main offices for half a week or more, helping them reduce the overall time spent commuting and giving them the flexibility to choose work locations closer to home.
But while the health benefits of slashing commutes have been amply investigated, little has yet been proven with regards to the business benefits of introducing more flexible working practices. The latest Regus survey discovered that if workers were able to reduce their commute, around half (49 per cent) would reinvest their time in more work.
Although many businesses are reaping the benefits of flexible working, almost half of workers (49 per cent) are still not granted this degree of freedom. When the employee and business benefits of helping workers reduce their commutes are analysed, it becomes clear that there is no time to waste in introducing greater flexibility for the workforce who in turn will be healthier, happier and more productive.
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