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What does the future of work commute look like to you? Maybe flying cars, a teleportation device à la The Jetsons, or even a bullet train taking us to our destination in a matter of minutes. The truth is the future of workplace commute is much simpler than that, it’s the elimination of commute altogether.
So what’s the fuss about commuting anyway? Commuting is part of everyday life. People are committed to commuting- be it for work, school, social calls or to even meet daily necessities of food and groceries. But your commute comes at a huge cost and we need to put things into account.
What’s the cost of your commute?
Accounting for Time
Since commuting is such a big part of our lives- it’s no surprise that it eats a lot of our time. On average, people are clocking in more than 30 minutes of commute time just one way! That’s without taking into consideration “extreme commuters” – those commuters that have to travel 90 minutes or more to meet their work-home requirements. The number of extreme commuters has gone up during the 21st century: roughly 4 million workers fit this classification in 2016, compared to only 3.1 million in 2005. That’s 1 in 36 workers with extreme commutes today.
Accounting for Money
Being smart with money is what everyone aims for. So when making choices of our workplace, we often fail into taking account the sheer cost of a poor commute. Think about the price of filling your car’s tank and the constant cost of upkeep. If your solution to the cost of a car is to use public transport, then think again. People using public transportation are often forced to accommodate multiple methods to reach their destination- this means bearing the costs of bus passes, train tickets, metro tickets among others. Depending on your distance from work and your mode of transport- You are not only losing valuable time, but also are forced to make up for said time by pulling in longer hours. This often times leads to hiring of help or domestic staff.
Here’s a one way of calculating how much money and time you spend on your daily commute.
Accounting for Productivity
Picture this: you’ve just gotten up excited to do some good work. You leave your house, get on a bus to go to work. After getting on the bus, you get stuck in a massive traffic jam because a tree fell down in the middle of the road. You decide to walk ahead and hire a n uber – forking out an extra sum to your driver. You reach work 20 minutes late; frazzled, hot and utterly exhausted. Sounds like the worst way to start your day right? According to studies, commuting has a direct impact on productivity, satisfaction, absenteeism and performance. Unhappy commuters are unhappy workers.
Accounting for Health
People are more than happy to give some time to the traffic- but there’s more to commuting than just a few wasted hours. Carolyn Kylstra in a chilling article on Women’s Health Magazine chronicles the serious side effects of a stressful commute. Which includes – high blood sugar, high cholesterol levels, high depression levels, high blood pressure, poor posture and high insomnia levels.
Furthermore, according to research travelling for more than 20 minutes to get to work leaves you more susceptible to chronic stress, or ‘burnout’, and may even make you more cynical.
With all these highs, the usefulness of having to commute just drops lower and lower.
Accounting for the Environment
Your commute harms more than just you, it also harms your environment. Private transport is one of the world’s biggest sources of greenhouse gases. As the need for commute grows keener, so does the emission rates that clog the Earth’s atmosphere. On an average, a petrol car in the UK emits 180g of CO2 every kilometre.
As the global environment crisis looms closer and closer- it’s time to take steps to make a committed effort to lower our personal and community-wise carbon levels.
The idea of this article is to make a protracted statement:
Commute to work is a thing of the past!workfromhub
The pandemic has allowed for businesses to create a remote work culture where employees take responsibility for their own work and carbon footprints. There is no need for spending that time and money on the commute to the office far from their home.
The top 3 benefits that respondents expressed from ‘The 2020 State of Remote Work’ survey conducted by Buffer were: flexible work schedule, flexible location, and no commute!
Remote work has allowed for people to have productivity as their main objective. Eliminating commute has given them that much-needed time to spend with family, try a new hobby, or even a sport! While offices are still closed during the coronavirus pandemic, and travel restrictions are slowly easing up, employees now want to be able to work from anywhere in the world!
With more and more evidence turning up that commuting is costing us in more ways than one, it’s time to hit mute on commute and start our day the better way: remotely.