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Commuting and work

In the second part of our future of work series, Alison Coleman explores the impact commuting has on businesses and workforces – and what solutions might lie ahead.

While the organisation of work is changing, so too is the way we fulfil our work obligations.

Two key factors are driving this shift: the digital technology that has reduced the need for a physical presence in the office, and the more flexible approach adopted by businesses facing pressure from their employees. The latter, linked to lateness, absenteeism and low retention, has a huge impact on employee wellbeing, productivity and the bottom line.

Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey of 34,000 UK workers in 2016 found that those with a commute of less than half an hour gained an extra seven days’ worth of productive time each year compared to those with commutes of an hour or longer. Longer distance commuters are also 33% more likely to suffer from depression and 12% more likely to report multiple dimensions of work-related stress.

This is an extract from the Business & Management Magazine, Issue 267, September 2018.

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