We’ve written before about the cost of commuting to individuals. But how does commuting impact employee engagement/organisations? And what can organisations do about it?
Commuting is stressing out your employees
According to a recent UK study, more than half of workers say they’re already stressed by the time they get to work. The study surveyed 1,400 full-time employees and found that 45% reported that the commute was the single biggest pre-work stressor.
Even more so for commuters who drive more than 30 minutes to the office: 69% of them reported arriving to work already stressed.
It’s hard to shorten a commute or de-stress an employee’s life. But there is one simple solution that could potentially have an enormous impact.
Workers reported not having time to de-stress before starting work.
Maybe the solution is to diminish pre-work stress in the first place.
What’s so stressful about commuting?
Before we can solve anything, though, you have to understand why your employees are stressed out in the first place.
Driving is one of the most common activities we do every single day–and also the most dangerous. This year alone, January had 119 road deaths in Australia–about 3 people every day.
No wonder it’s so stressful.
Millions of people on the road at the same time all trying to get to work without getting killed–or killing someone else–not to mention the road delays, diversions, tailgaters, construction zones, honking, accidents and more.
Every morning is a drive through a high-stakes obstacle course.
And then we expect employees to find parking in a timely manner, get to the office and work happily and productively for 8 hours.
Suffice it to say, the state of mind it takes to successfully make it to the workplace is not the state of mind required to be productive and engaged while in the workplace.
Efficiency, clear thinking, creativity, innovation, good spirits–they’re all much harder to get from a highly stressed employee.
Organisations can adopt a new approach to employee engagement, one that begins before employees ever set foot in the office.
Time to implement a commuting policy?
Commutes are making your employees miserable, stressing them out before they get to work, costing them money and even their health. It’s so bad that 25% of employees have left jobs due to a bad commute.
It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about a bad commute. After all, you can’t move an office 30 minutes closer to every employee. But improving a commute may be easier than you thought.
In fact, smart businesses are already implementing policies to ease the burden of commuting on their employees.
They’ve implemented flexible work hours and telecommuting options, partnered with transportation agencies, and even introduced carpooling incentives.
By incentivising alternative commuting options, businesses have saved on parking costs, increased productivity and reduced electricity–while significantly reducing the environmental impact.
One simple approach can save you money, boost employee productivity and morale, and help you hit your sustainability targets.
Taking the stress out of commuting
As an organisation, you win when your employees show up to work happy and energised. Showing your employees that you care about their commute promotes engagement in the workplace and can be selling point when recruiting.
Carpooling combines the convenience of a car commute and the leisure of a coffee break without requiring any extra time. It transforms a harried, stress-filled commute into an opportunity for fun, relaxation and connection.
Here are five ways carpooling can benefit your employees:
- It’s affordable. Share the cost of commuting with your other carpool members and save yourself money in gas, tolls and car maintenance costs.
- It’s convenient. Door-to-door service means no car hassles for you. Heck, you don’t even have to find your own parking spot.
- It’s relaxing. When it’s not your turn to drive, just sit back and relax. No merging, no getting cut off, no watching out for cops.
- It’s faster. Finally, you can take advantage of the carpool lane. And the more people who carpool, the fewer cars on the road and the fewer traffic-related delays. Everyone wins
- It’s usable time. Multitasking at the wheel is dangerous. As a passenger? It’s basically your job. Text, read a book, talk on the phone, even take a nap. The time is yours for the spending.
You may not be able to change their commute, but you may be able to transform it.
Mobi is a carpooling app that makes it easy for organisations to implement and incentivise carpooling solutions. Your organisation gets a unique code. Your employees use it to arrange carpools. And each month, you get usage reports that tell you how much your efforts are impacting the environment (and bringing you closer to your sustainability targets).
Businesses that value employee happiness see higher engagement, higher productivity, and higher retention rates. There are many ways to go about increasing engagement at your workplace.
Why not start with a simple app? Put your employees’ happiness back in their hands and watch their productivity soar.