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The adoption of teleworking, satellite working and home working can all make local businesses more flexible and more efficient. But how easy is it to implement smarter working practices? And what are the specific benefits to you, to your employees and to the community?

Employee health and wellbeing

Smarter working practices can be a cornerstone of your staff health and wellbeing strategy. In particular they can help staff managing their work and lifestyle balance.

Reducing their need to commute can help drive down workplace stress – particularly for your furthest-travelling employees. And if you incorporate teleconferencing into your business strategy too, it will reduce travel costs for individuals and the organisation

What are the benefits of flexible working?

  • Staff can arrange their working hours around public transport timetables.
  • Staff don’t have to travel during the peak hours, thereby helping to alleviate congestion onsite, on the local road network and in your car park.
  • Staff can adjust their working hours to cater for out-of-work commitments and childcare.

It may seem counter-intuitive but encouraging people to work from home can actually promote closer working relationships. Rather than the chore of travelling into work every day, employees may find it a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience to travel in to work a few days each week.

Some specific initiatives to reduce the need to travel could include:

Homeworking

Home working, either permanently or on selected days, all thanks to broadband. Benefits include:

  • Increased staff productivity.
  • Improved morale.
  • Valuable desk space can be released, reducing your overheads.
  • A better work-life balance for staff.
  • Providing laptops for staff working from home is not a taxable benefit.

Satellite office / remote working

For staff living a long way from their normal work site, who don’t have a suitable work environment at home, a satellite office may be a better option. If your organisation doesn’t have its own alternative office premises, you could consider renting desks in a serviced office / business centre.

Flexible Working

You could consider introducing a system of flexible working, allowing staff to structure their work time within an agreed framework. This can include:

  • Flexi-time – staff can choose how weekly or annual hours are worked.
  • Flexi-hours – staff are allowed to arrive and leave work earlier or later.
  • Flexi-working – staff can work overtime and take that time off in lieu.

Compressed working week

A compressed working week is a form of flexible working which allows staff to take one day per fortnight or one day per week off, provided they work the required hours in advance. An extended working day also means that your staff are available to your organisation’s customers for longer.

 

Did you know? 

 

On average, employees attend 91 face-to-face meetings a year.

 

Over their working lives typical British workers will create 42 tonnes of carbon dioxide from business travel.

 

BT estimates that teleconferencing eliminates 850,000 face to face meetings a year across the organisation.

 

13,000 of BT’s 70,000 staff regularly work from home.

Smarter working – next steps

If you’d like to find out more about how smarter working can help your business, just email us at: enquiries@thinktravel.info

Get more information about travel planning for your business – apply for a work place travel tool kit.

Web links:

Transport for London (Useful tips):

Smarter Working Guide 

Download Department for Transport pdf document:

Alternatives to travel: next steps

Think ride Cycling gives easy access to town centres & freedom to travel Think walk Feel the health benefits & enjoyment of regular walking Think train Free up your journey time & save on fuel and parking costs Think bus Avoid the jams & parking hassle with your direct route into town Think share Car sharing can cut your travel costs by a minimum of 50% Think electric Fully electric or hybrid cars are well suited to commuting & local trips