Nigel Musson, Account Director – avsnet

The start of 2018 once again brought bad news to British commuters in the shape of rail fare hikes. To add insult to injury, this followed a year of major disruption, cancelled trains, regular delays and overcrowded carriages bursting at the seams.

It’s hardly surprising that commuters feel short changed…

According to recent reports, rail passengers are paying up to £2,539 more for their annual season tickets than they did in 2010. That’s an increase in some cases of 50%.

Given that the average wage is lower now than it was ten years ago in real terms, commuters are clearly much worse off, and spending even more time trying to get to and from work and meetings.

This is not just a problem for employees. Businesses suffer from the knock-on effects of disgruntled and demotivated staff with lower productivity. A study carried out by the University of the West of England last year found that every extra minute spent commuting reduces job, leisure and family time satisfaction, increases strain and worsens mental health.

Let’s do some simple calculations. Figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest that the average daily commute time lasts 57 minutes. Let’s assume the average person commutes five days a week for 47 weeks of the year, that’s a whopping 223 hours in the course of one year.

Multiply that by the 40 years minimum that many of us work, and it’s frightening to realise that 8,930 hours, or the equivalent of 372 days in our lives are spent going to and from work. And for many of us, this is a reserved estimate…

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But none of this is necessary!

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If you and your employees are caught in the discontented commuter trap, there is a way to improve work-life balance, save money and save time.

With the most expensive commuter season tickets approaching £10,000, working from home would be like getting an “instant £10,000 pay rise without working any harder.

With the subsequent reduction in stress and unproductive time spent commuting, most people put more time into their job, significantly increasing productivity, creating positive knock-on effects for the business. It truly is a win-win situation.

Today’s visual communications and collaboration solutions are designed to help colleagues connect wherever and whenever they need to. No more struggling with broken trains or jammed roads because of poor weather.

Cloud means businesses of every size can take advantage of video and with the help of knowledgeable experts, visual communications can be designed to suit an organisation’s brand, locations and working practices.

Instead of hours spent commuting, employees can collaborate with each other, partners, clients and customers using a wide range of powerful mediums including virtual meeting rooms, huddle rooms and telepresence through to desktop, mobile, home and in-the-field conferencing.

The quality of video communications experiences is now so good that companies across the world are achieving a ROI on their investments in record time. They are witnessing the development of a more productive, happier workforce and asking the question, why didn’t we do this before?

We have the answer if you are interested

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