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Working on the Commute: How Can This Affect your Employees?

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Millions of people spend two or more hours commuting each day, according to TUC research. It adds up to 21 days each year being spent on a train, a figure which only grows for those unlucky enough to have to sit for longer than the average.

But are they really that unlucky? If commuting to work is a chore, then that time can just as easily be used to get chores done.

Below we consider how the trip to the office can be made more productive, so the daily grind has a polishing effect on employees.

Get your day in order

Most offices hold a meeting first thing when minds are at their freshest and most likely to offer creative and constructive ideas, so instead of twiddling your thumbs on the train, tube or car seat, get a notepad and pen and mind map your thoughts for the day.

Being ready with bullet points and suggestions put you in the perfect mindset, your superiors will perceive your initiative and positive attitude.

This won’t apply to drivers, but hours spent in transit needn’t be dead time in this age of remote working. Tethering to reach emails and the office network, you can sort through your daily correspondence and clean up your inbox.

Check out your calendar for the coming month and ensure all your meetings, responsibilities and appointments are in order, and that you’re fully prepared for each. Having these duties written out will go a long way to increasing your commitment to them.

In the short term, simply noting your main goals for the day will bring more structure and traction, enabling you to navigate the 9-5 in the most efficient way possible.

Personal growth

Expanding your mind on the commute can boost productivity just as much as getting through work duties. Use your travel time for personal gain by reading a book or listening to an e-book, the latter particularly relevant for drivers who want some profitable escape from the brake lights of the car in front.

Successful commuters tend to pursue mental enrichment; try The Great Courses, put together and taught by college professors. Or check out these five of the best apps for podcasts, to really get your use of commute time heading in the right direction.

Empower yourself

Most people want their travelling time to be as short as possible, but getting up half an hour earlier will enable you to chew, as opposed to inhale, that morning piece of toast. But no matter how you enjoy the great British commuter’s breakfast, the point of giving yourself more time, is that it makes you more relaxed.

Eliminating the rush puts control back into your hands, and grants relief that will put you into a wider, more executive mindset.

Trim the fat

For those for whom walking or cycling to work is an option, why not embrace opportunity for physical exercise?

A 2012 study by Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, found that those who travelled ten miles to work were at increased risk of high blood pressure, while those commuting more than 15 miles to work were more likely to become obese through not getting enough exercise.

Thus, we all have a vested interest in extracting as much productivity from the morning commute as possible. A further study conducted in the UK finds that employees are more productive on days that they exercise, in comparison to days they did not. When a productive mindset is at stake, it makes sense to sweat it out a little on the commute.

 

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