NBN will help cut commute
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.