NBN will help cut com­mute

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ADE­LAIDE work­ers spend an av­er­age 51 min­utes a day com­mut­ing to and from work – equat­ing to 8.5 days a year.

This com­pares well with the com­mut­ing time of work­ers in New York (74 min­utes), Paris (72 min­utes), Los An­ge­les (67 min­utes) and Tokyo (76 min­utes).

It is the third long­est na­tional daily com­mute af­ter Syd­ney (64 min­utes) and Mel­bourne (55 min­utes).

De­part­ment of Broad­band, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy spokesman Abul Rizvi says all trav­el­ling time can be far bet­ter spent.

No­body wants to be trav­el­ling to work for longer than they have to,’’ he says.

Right across South Aus­tralia, work­ers could be spend­ing more time do­ing some­thing they en­joy, whether it’s spend­ing time with their fam­ily, cook­ing din­ner, tak­ing the dog for a walk or just re­lax­ing.

Stud­ies show that work­ers who have re­duced com­mut­ing times are of­ten more pro­duc­tive when they first ar­rive to work and in the stages prior to leav­ing.’’

He en­cour­ages em­ploy­ers and staff to con­sider tele­work­ing as an op­tion and reap the ben­e­fits of new tech­nol­ogy.

Re­search from Swe­den shows that work­ers who travel be­tween 30 and 60 min­utes daily have sig­nif­i­cantly higher lev­els of sleep de­pri­va­tion and ex­haus­tion,’’ he says.

While for many work­ers the daily com­mute is a way of life, there are av­enues that busi­nesses can take to re­duce this bur­den.’’

The Na­tional Broad­band Net­work is ex­pected to al­low more peo­ple to tele­work, pro­vid­ing re­li­able high-speed data trans­fer and more op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion.

It will also make tele­work­ing a more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able and pro­duc­tive op­tion for both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees.

Flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments can play a huge role in ex­pand­ing the cur­rent work­force by al­low­ing ma­ture work­ers, new mothers and re­mote work­ers to play a greater and more ef­fec­tive role in busi­nesses,’’ Rizvi says.

It is also a great way for busi­nesses to cater more for work­ers with a dis­abil­ity.’’

BACK AND FORTH: The daily com­mute de­mands time that could be bet­ter spent.

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