Commuting impacts on productivity

Research has revealed that traditional working practices and commuting are taking their toll on the average British worker, People Management reports.

A survey carried out by ICT company, 2e2 has found that two thirds of workers feel “restrained” when bound to a nine to five working day, claiming they would be more productive if they could work more flexibly, be it different hours or location.

The study also examined the effects that commuting to meetings or the office can have on effectiveness. It found that, due to various delays and transport problems, 1.5 days per employee, per year is lost. That equates to a massive £1.21 billion deficit.

Additionally, the convoluted journeys are causing employees to be more stressed and tired, resulting in reduced productivity and/or illness. This further costs UK businesses £1.03 billion every year, according to HR Magazine.

It’s no surprise therefore, that so many companies are using video conferencing solutions, to negate the need for travel, reduce lost man hours, maintain employees’ work life balance and cut costs.

The instantaneous nature of such communication means that business transactions can take place much faster, too.

Commenting on the findings, 2e2 director, Mike Hockey said: “Employers often don’t realise the impact of working culture on productivity. Different people have different working patterns and the traditional 9 to 5 way of working doesn’t suit everyone.”