Commute Smart Week 2015: 8th - 14th November
Commute Smart Week launches our annual, winter long campaign to raise the awareness of implementing smarter ways of commuting during the winter months.
Now the season is changing in the UK and the clocks have gone back, Commute Smart Week, reminds us that we have another opportunity to change our attitudes and thinking in relation to work activities. Are we going to see business interrupted by poor weather and disrupted travel? Or are we going to grasp the opportunity by changing the way employees work, think about the risks to our businesses and introduce more flexibility to cut out these disruptive influences on business performance and productivity? More and more organisations from all sectors are reviewing their working practices and thinking hard about how they manage people. Managing by outputs is the key, forget about presenteeism and concentrate on creating a workforce that is flexible, responsive and delivers the business plan. This won’t be done by 9.00am to 5.00pm clock watching, but by giving people the freedom to achieve. The next storm is always around the corner whether it be weather, or whether it be a crisis of our own making, which can be avoided. Commute Smart week provides a real opportunity to revise tired working practices, think about how and where people work and set about adopting flexible approaches to people management as a key component of effective change.
The key elements for Commute Smart Week are:-
Encouraging Employees to travel outside peak times. Coming into work an hour early, and then leaving an hour early at the end of the day, or going an hour later, and leaving an hour later.
Remote & Agile WorkingWorking from home one or two days a week or encouraging people to use satellite offices or drop-in centres instead of travelling to their normal office. These could include serviced office space or even hot spots such as coffee shops, and hotels.
Encouraging people to hold a meeting by telephone, telephone/video conference or online instead of travelling to a meeting.
Cycling (why spend hours in the gym?),Walking (get off a stop or station early and walk), Office (take the stairs, not the lift).
Road Congestion & Road Safety Day
Road users are more at risk of an accident on a Friday than any other day of the week, especially during the winter. Statistics show that more accidents happen on a Friday, and particularly between the hours of 4pm and 6pm, than at any other time. The statistics also show that the number of accidents jumps by up to a fifth in the winter compared to the summer.
Smarter working and commuting may also help mitigate the significant increase in deaths and injuries that occur on our roads during the winter months, many of which are schoolchildren.