In recent years, several studies have been conducted which look at how longer commute times and frustrating commute methods are taking their toll on employee health and how that problem is translates to lost productivity and lost profits for organisations.
On 6 June 2016 Fin24 published an article on the subject and we found this to be very interesting and relevant to our cause:-
Time is irreversible, and something that’s gone forever. But how much of it is wasted? Working from home has taken away the personal traffic burden, but just how long are people caught reading number plates on a daily basis in South Africa.
The lost productivity in John Maynard’s analysis below is mind-blowing. He uses data from Statistics South Africa’s General Household Survey and has taken out how long it takes people to get to work.
He also breaks this comparison into the nine provinces. And what should concern everyone is just how much time is being lost to exhaust fumes, angry drivers and broken traffic lights. – Stuart Lowman.
To read more and see all the statistic’s click here.
The cost of long commutes and lost productivity:
Longer commutes mean greater employee absenteeism. The reasons for this are fairly obvious: the longer one’s commute, the more likely they are to be late and/or the more likely they are to leave early. But how much money does this absenteeism amount to? According to a survey done by a British integrated computer technology company, UK workers lose about 1.5 working days each year due to long commutes. These workers are also more tired and stressed, which drains them of their productivity even more. This lost productivity amounts to a whopping £2.24 billion, or R47 billion, in lost profits.
Introduce carpooling as an alternative mode of transportation:
Some employees have unnecessarily long commutes; they may live relatively close by but insist on driving or taking public transit. Such employees should be encouraged to walk or bike to work if possible. Even if these methods don’t dramatically cut down their commute time, the physical activity involved will increase their health, energy, and productivity. If employees absolutely have to drive to work, encourage them to carpool. Driving with others can make traffic congestion more tolerable because everyone in the car has someone to vent to and/or converse with.
Don’t delay – join CarTrip and, for a very small fee, productivity might increase substantially!