Commute Smart Week 2017
12th - 18th November
With the dark mornings and evenings with us again, we have launched our annual campaign to raise the awareness of implementing smarter ways of commuting during the winter months.
Throughout the week, we published a series of guest blogs from some of our strategic partners as well as organisations who shared their views and knowledge on the way we commute.
We started with a blog from the Chairman of Work Wise UK, David Lennan, entitled Productivity: Paradox, Puzzle, Problem or Symptom?
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 makes 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, which is largely caused by bad weather conditions and congestion on the UK’s transport infrastructure. Traffic Congestion alone is estimated to cost the UK Economy more than £300 Billion over the next 16 years according to a study from INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
As the UK’s roads and public transport infrastructure become more congested, year on year, more has to been done to address the effect commuting has on the health and wellbeing of the weary commuter. Not only is it bad for our health but, it can affect our ability to concentrate at work, which is detrimental to an organisations productivity resulting in a lose/lose situation for Employers, Employees and the UK economy.
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. These include implementing flexi-time, staggered working hours and working remotely of from home. Employers and their staff should work together in order to avoid unnecessary disruption to the working day which benefits productivity and work/life balance.
During the week we invited commuters everywhere to participate, share their experiences and be involved by using social media to say what they are doing this winter to commute smart, tweeting #commutesmartweek @workwiseuk
So, to avoid the stress and disruption this winter, our advice is …. Don’t be in the Dark, Commute Smart.
Sunday 12th November: Launching Commute Smart Week 2017 today's blog is by the Chairman of Work Wise UK, David Lennan.
Monday 13th November: Today's guest blog is by Ross Moorlock, Business Development Director at Brake, the road safety charity.
Tuesday 14th November: Today's guest blog is by Kiron Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Centre for Transport & Society, University West of England Bristol.
Wednesday 15th November: Today's guest blog is by Lucy Elkin, Director of myworkhive.com, a social enterprise specialising in remote work.
Thursday 16th November: The first of two guest blogs today is by Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport.
Our second guest blog today is by Ian McKay, Chairman of How's My Driving.
Friday 17th November: Today's guest blog is by Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary
Saturday 18th November: Our final guest blog for Commute Smart Week 2017 is by Dr Harriet Shortt, Associate Professor in Organisational Studies, University of the West of England Bristol.