How Should Businesses View The Daily Commute

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]As someone who has a relatively long commute to work, the time spent travelling is very different from day to day. Whether it is the method of transport, the people I encounter or the activities undertaken during my travel it’s fair to say that each day is fairly unique.

Thinking about the weekly duration of my various commutes, the time spent travelling averages around 8 to 10 hours. This time spent has even led me to consider moving home, it is more than a full day at work! Speaking to friends however I understand that this is not unusual. So what’s the best way to spend this time?

Sharing a lift with colleagues invariably leads to discussions about work. The drive in allows us to share thoughts about upcoming events, talk about key issues at work or just simply have a bit of small talk – a great way to build relationships and trust, something which in my opinion is essential to a successful business.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8089″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]A very common sight![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”5″ accent_color=”#8cba3e”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When I am not in the car I travel in by train. Travelling by train regularly means we often bump in to the same faces with strangers becoming familiar. Communication during travel is restricted to an occasional nod or good morning; some even get a smile if they are lucky – not common at 7am. Are we missing an opportunity to do business with our reluctance to connect? We spend valuable hours attending networking events seeking prospects for business; who knows what chances may have been missed on the train journey in to work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”5″ accent_color=”#8cba3e”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”8091″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Even private transport has its own stresses. I for one can’t cope with being broken down![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]I guess we are all different, but one thing I notice when travelling by train, is that almost everybody is transfixed by their mobile device. But what is everyone doing? Are they on social media? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Snapchat? Whatsapp? Are people checking their emails? I certainly do this, especially if I have important correspondence to deal with, although I am guilty of enjoying a little time on social media platforms.

The train offers a great opportunity to check up on emails for me and means I can avoid losing the first half hour at work sifting through e-mails. But should I feel an obligation to carry out work activities outside of my contracted hours? Maybe this time would be better spent on my own professional development or keeping up with friends and family. As individuals it’s important to get the work-life balance right.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”5″ accent_color=”#8cba3e”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The cost of travel seems to keep going up and the time spent travelling is significant. The demand for flexible employers is growing as the expansion of the internet impacts on the workplace. The most frequent form of communication I use at work is email, which can actually be achieved without the office. So could employers even consider the daily commute as a part of the work day, and can this regulated? Recent predictions suggest that in-store jobs within the retail sector will fall drastically due to the growth of e-commerce; this trend will invariably lead to a massive change in the way businesses operate.

Regardless, the work environment has always changed, and organisations must be able to keep up. To do this then, should employers be strategising to incorporate the daily commute into their business? Should we be conducting business whilst commuting? And finally should the daily commute also be a part of the total work day?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”5″ accent_color=”#8cba3e”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”7821″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Daniel Russel is a Business Development Officer, English Language Programme Manager and Tutor for OLC. His many travels around the UK attribute to his positivity and business curiosity, and he’s always looking to improve business communication.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]