“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” - Dolly Parton, American singer, actress and an author.
In today’s fast paced life, it is not only important for employees but also employers to understand this fact. Work stress can result in employee burnout and affect their productivity, which could have a dramatic impact on the bottom line. According to an article published in Times of India in 2008, the average commuting time in cities like:
- Delhi is 42.96 minutes
- Mumbai 47.26 minutes
- Bangalore 37.91 minutes
- Chennai 36.08 minutes
- Hyderabad 33.82 minutes
- Pune, it is 30.87 minutes.
Considering these statistics, each employee may be spending an average of 45 minutes one way (per day minimum) in commuting. This makes it 1.5 hours per day. If we take a 6 day week, it comes to 540 minutes and for a year, 432 hours which finally comes to 18 days annually. Alarming, isn’t it? Well, this is the time most of us are spending on the road itself! And to top it all, sometimes the commuting time can even go up to 2 hours one way, depending on the traffic jam.
A study conducted by Vitality Health, which surveyed 34,000 employees who were working for various industries in the United Kingdom revealed that:
- Thirty-seven percent of the long commuters were more likely to be worried financially and 12% were more likely to have stress connected to their work. Forty-six percent of them were likely to have less than 7 hours of sleep and 21% were likely to become obese. Time scarcity was the core reason for this unhealthy behavior and stress.
- Long commutes with no physical movement affected their health. Employees were more prone to high levels of blood sugar & cholesterol leading to heart failures than others.
- Most of them complained of back and neck pain due to working and sitting in the same position for a long time. It was also noticed that there was a psychological impact on employees who traveled to work for many hours. Some of them were seen to be depressed with high anxiety levels and also unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives. These indirectly lead to heart problems.
Therefore, many IT companies are considering work from home options or flexible working patterns for their employees. This new pattern of working would give them a chance to work from home every now and then. It would also reduce the impact on their health. The employees could accomplish their work from a computer at home and connect with other office colleagues or clients over teleconferencing or video calls.
Here are some health benefits of working from home:
Healthy Eating Habits
Those who works from home usually get to manage their eating habits well, and have a healthy & balanced diet.
Time for Exercise
As they are not spending time travelling to work, they can easily utilize this towards their exercise regime.
A study by Staples in 2011, found that employees who had work from home options were 25% less stressed as they got to spend time with their family. This helped them to maintain work-life balance and be happy, finally making them more productive at work.
Today, our office work doesn’t just end when we step out of our office. The work still continues and most of us work from anywhere, and anytime. It is not like earlier days when we finished work at a certain time. Hence, it makes all the more sense to draw a thin line between work and life.
Most of the freelancers or works from home employees feel that they can balance their work and life easier when they work remotely. They are able to plan their gym in the middle of the day, take a walk in the evenings, pick up groceries or do other odd jobs as and when needed.
Due to these breaks, they are more focused when they actually get to work. This helps them to balance their lives as they are able to do all of their jobs and really live their lives well. It also reduces any kind of stress leading to lifestyle diseases.
Sometimes a commute can make one frustrated even before coming to work. For those employees coming to work from far off distances, cutting out the commuting time can make a huge difference in terms of their health, personal life, and their work performance.
If you are interested in offering flexible work, or work from home opportunities, connect with us. You can explore our eWomen Community to start hiring.