For some it lasts for 45 minutes. Some are at it for an hour and few even do it for two. And for a few ‘lucky’ ones it’s a quickie – under 30 minutes. But only a 10 per cent say they are fully satisfied – with their commute. Our daily commute to work is almost an inevitability – much like Monday blues and Friday feeling.
Organisationally, commute is the onus of the individual, but companies are now more willing to help out. Prakash Rao, founding member, VP-HCM of PeopleStrong – an HR solutions firm, says, “Longer commuting hours definitely affect productivity. By the time employees reach office, they already feel exhausted and tired. In such scenarios getting the maximum out of employees is questionable.” How can organisations get involved? His points: Reduce working hours (even by an hour) and switch time shifts from 8 am to 4 pm. “We tried this and found that it affected the employee satisfaction ratio, as they were early to work, and left early,” he notes.
This article was published on TOI