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if they’re interviewing a client of mine, then I’ll send him an email saying ‘Well done, good job’,’’ Mr Way says.
‘‘That’s a reminder to them that I’m there.’’
He says traditional study with books or documents is an option for passengers.
But improving technology is opening new ways of formal learning to a wider variety of commuters.
Podcasts provide aural development to walkers, drivers or public transport passengers while e-books can be read easily on tablet computers.
There also are a variety of mobile devices that passengers can use to connect to the internet and email, in many cases instantly transferring their desk duties to their bus, train or tram chair.
‘‘I very commonly see people with at least one earpiece shoved in an ear – it could be a podcast or ABC National or whatever,’’ Mr Way says.
But he warns commuters to think about their safety when walking while reading documents, cycling while listening to information or talking to contacts while driving.
He says consciously avoiding work during the commute also can encourage work/life balance.
Using the time to switch off from daily work stresses can prevent their job from encroaching on their time at home.
‘‘By not filling that space with another work activity and just listening to the birds or walking through the parklands and looking at a council flower display – as minor as that may sound, with that separation between work and home, by the time you get home you do feel a bit better,’’ he says.
‘‘It can be rejuvenating.’’
Commuters can make use of travel time to study or improve skills to give them a commercial edge.