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How to Cut the Commute and Improve Your Health by Working Remotely

Do you spend hours every day commuting to and from work? If so, you’re not alone. The average British worker spends over 200 hours a year commuting. That’s the equivalent of almost 5 whole weeks every year spent just getting to and from the office!

But what if I told you that there was a way to improve your health by cutting out the commute? And working remotely could be the answer.

Here are 5 ways that working remotely can improve your health:

1. You’ll reduce your stress levels.

The commute to work is one of the most stressful things we do every day. In fact, a study published by Ford found that commuting to work is more stressful than going to the dentist.

So by working remotely, you can eliminate that commute and the stress that comes with it. And that’s good for your health. No more being late for work because of a delayed train or sitting in traffic for hours. You can say goodbye to your commute and hello to a healthier lifestyle.

2. You’ll be more active.

On average public transport users commute for around 58 minutes each day. That’s a lot of time spent sitting down, which isn’t good for our health. If you live close enough to walk or cycle to work, then working remotely means you can ditch the car or public transport and get some much-needed exercise into your day.

3. You’ll be more productive.

When you eliminate commute time, you gain precious hours back in your day. And you can use that time to be more productive. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, telecommuters are actually 13% more productive than their office-bound counterparts.

4. You’ll get more sleep.

If you’re not spending hours commuting, you’ll have more time to sleep. And we all know how important a good night’s sleep is for our health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults should aim for seven or more hours of sleep per night. By cutting your commute you can gain invaluable extra hours in bed in the morning and get home earlier at night! So you can unwind and relax before bed instead of being stressed out from your commute. It’s a no brainer really…

5. You’ll save money.

Commuting can also take a toll on your wallet. The average British worker spends just under £2000 a year on commuting. That’s money that could go towards a gym membership, eating out, or vacations. Did someone say beach holiday?

By working remotely, you can save a fortune on things like petrol, car maintenance, and public transport costs. Plus let’s face it, no one enjoys sitting in morning traffic or being crammed in a hot train carriage like sardines. Working remotely can help you save money, improve your carbon footprint and make your commute a thing of the past!

The Benefits of a healthy workforce

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. By encouraging your employees to work remotely, you can create a healthier and more productive workplace. And that’s good for business.

It is increasingly being recognised by employers that a healthy workforce has its benefits to the company too; in fact, a recent study by the University of Manchester found that for every £100 spent on workplace health interventions, there was an average return of £160 to the employer.

The Future of Work

We are running into a new era of hypermobility which is being fuelled by technology.  It is now easier than ever to work remotely, and more and more people are doing so.

In fact, a study by Forbes found that 43% of employed Americans said they would like to work remotely all the time, and 36% said they would be willing to take a pay cut to do so.

Reduce your commute

If you can’t cut your commute completely, there are still things you can do to reduce it.  See if your employer would be open to you working from home one or two days a week, or see if there’s any way you can shorten your commute by moving closer to work or working from a local business centre.

So there you have it, five ways that working remotely can improve your health. So next time you’re stuck in traffic or squashed on the train, think about how working remotely could be the answer to a healthier, happier you.

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