For many of us, the main reason we travel regularly is to get to work.
By making smart decisions about how we get to work, when and why, we could save money, reduce stress and perform better at work. Both smarter working and greener travel to work can lessen the impact of your daily commute.
Working from home
Sometimes you don’t need to be at the office to get the job done. Telephone, email, high-speed broadband, video conferencing and instant messaging can keep us in touch with colleagues. If it’s a possibility, working from home is often more productive. And it can give you a better work-life balance. Just think of all those traffic jams you’ll avoid. Speak to your colleagues and management about ways you could spend some time working from home and how you would adjust to remote working.
Can’t work from home? Consider flexible working instead. Changing your hours could let you bypass rush hour congestion. If you travel to work by car, driving outside peak hours will mean you’ll spend less time sitting in traffic and will reduce your carbon emissions. You’ll also be able to work hours that suit you better, reducing stress and wasted time. Find out more about putting smarter working into practice.
Company travel planning
Your place of work can help you and your colleagues to work smarter and travel in a greener way by putting a travel plan in place. Clearly stated flexible working practices and greener travel options can benefit your employer too. Higher productivity and less absenteeism are just two of the potential perks.
Ask if your employer belongs to the Cycle to Work scheme – it could cut the cost of buying a new bike by up to 40%. Your employer can also look at what facilities it makes available to cyclists – along with other smarter travel measures – as part of a workplace travel plan.
If your workplace offers company cars, choosing a low-emission car may exempt you from vehicle tax. Your fuel expenses will be less too if you opt for a fuel-efficient vehicle. Read more about how to find the most eco-friendly company car.
- Rethink your car use – check out Carplus to find local car sharing schemes and car clubs
- Split fuel costs two ways, three ways or more
- Register with an online car sharing scheme such as Liftshare
- See if your company has lift sharing set up – look on your intranet or ask HR
- Make an informal arrangement with colleagues
- Share with friends or neighbours travelling the same way
- Fewer drivers means less congestion – and quicker journeys