Welcome To Commute Smart Week 2012
Phil Flaxton. CEO, Work Wise UK. 12 November 2012
The dark mornings and evenings are with us again and Winter is on its way so, its time for me to launch Commute Smart Week, which starts our annual campaign to raise the awareness of implementing smarter ways of commuting during the winter months.
Commuting for long periods of time has become a part of the UK’s working culture. The excessive time spent commuting is one of the main factors involved in the work-life balance issue. Not only is the amount of time commuting an issue, the 9 to 5 culture with its peak travel times generates congestion on railways, underground and road networks and as a consequence, increases stress for commuters. The knock-on effect of reducing overall traffic congestion and public transport overcrowding by extending the rush hour and reducing peak demand through smarter commuting will make the daily commute more bearable for those workers that have no choice on when and how they travel.
There is also a significant cost to businesses and the economy due to lost productivity. It is estimated that £22billion is lost each year due to bad weather conditions and congestion on the UK’s transport infrastructure.
There are many ways of avoiding the misery of commuting during the dark mornings and evenings, which millions of people endure as they struggle to get to and from work. However, employers and their staff can work together in order to avoid unnecessary disruption to the working day. So, to avoid the stress and disruption this winter, my advice in the months a head is ……..Don’t be in the Dark, Commute Smart.