Cutting your commute to work could improve your health
For some of us lucky home workers, the commute is little more than padding downstairs and sticking the kettle on before firing up the laptop. However for other less fortunate souls, it can mean up to 2 hours per day stuck in a car or on public transport.
Studies have shown that long commutes:
- adversely affect health and wellbeing
- increase stress levels
- and can even shorten life span.
Work commutes can also have a strain on finances to cover fuel and parking costs, and take up much more of our free time. The most detrimental factors seen as having an impact on our health when commuting include; journey delays, overcrowding, anti-social behaviour, uncomfortable temperature and long commutes. Sound familiar?
The benefits of a healthy workforce
It is increasingly being recognised by employers that a healthy workforce has its benefits to the company too
- increased staff morale
- less absenteeism
- increased productivity
- increased employee engagement
- and less chance of long-term sickness.
These have massive cost savings for the company as a whole.
The future of work
We are running into a new era of hypermobility which is being fuelled by technology. People are starting to recognise the lesser need to be stuck in a specific workplace and Generation Y are looking for jobs with that flexibility to work anywhere. Thus improving their work/life balance and boosting their morale.
Plus having a flexible working policy allows companies to tap into talent worldwide in an ever competitive marketplace.
The rise of Coworking
Why go from one office to another?
Many people like taking their work away from home and all the distractions. They want to be able to leave work in another place so they can enjoy the comfort of their homes more. There are also ample opportunities to network and collaborate with other people in the same or different industries rather than being contained within your organisation. As the need for innovation grows, creativity is becoming a top wanted skill and collaboration is happening more often than not.
As coworking and office spaces start popping up locally there is no need to take that 2-3 hour journey to work. Instead, take a nice stroll to the local business centre. Great news for health, time and finances.
Cut your commute with LibertySpace
At LibertySpace, we recognise the need for more affordable local working spaces. With our coworking memberships, you can travel and use any location dependent on your needs. Each business centre hosting a variety of businesses.
If you live in Fife, rather than commute to and from Edinburgh you can miss most of the traffic and head to Rosyth instead. Rather than head into Perth, work in the quiet Kinross instead. Got a meeting in Dundee to expand your business? Work at the Flour Mill Dundee.
There are always options available. You don’t necessarily need to be in the most prestigious part of the city to gain benefits. Think about your health, think about cost saving, think about productivity and think about how much time you can get back from saving on that dreaded commute.
If you want to find out more about coworking or office space you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.