An Alternative Business Route in Times of Travel Disruption

There are many events that we can be sure of in life such as, most famously, death and taxes. For commuters, it is the realisation that, at some point, there will be severe disruption to their daily commute. Often this is down to a strike, adverse weather conditions or something completely unexpected.

However, despite knowing that this happens several times each year, employers and employees seemingly remain oblivious to the alternatives that can benefit them both.

Every time there’s a delay into work, frustration kicks in, morale suffers and productivity slows. Some reports even state each Tube strike costs the London economy anywhere between £50m-£200m each time, which may or may not be true. One thing is for sure, is that if you rely on commuters to travel in to your office to work, your business will be impacted and will suffer.

What is the alternative?

Imagine telling your employee that, due to an impending strike, they didn’t have to come in and could work from home instead. What impact do you think it would have on them and you? Well, they now won’t have to suffer the painful, seemingly unending commute and can work, fresh and happy. You’ll benefit from a more support and productive member of staff.

What can you do if they don’t have the space to work from home?

If your employee doesn’t have a space, or their home is busy with family or other home workers, there is still a successful answer. Thanks to the growing phenomenon of co-working spaces in the UK, your employee can take their laptop to a shared office space space, which is likely to be near to where they live (so, they still don’t have to commute), allowing them to work with hi-speed WiFi and in a productivity-inducing environment.

The end result is that despite the combined efforts of trade unions and nature, your productivity levels aren’t affected, morale remains high and deadlines are still met.

And there’s more…!

Not only that, but you never know who else may be the using the coworking space. It could be a potential client, supplier or a connection that takes you on the the first step of a new collaborative relationship.

taxi-1209542_1280If you are reading this as an employee: Go and find you nearest co-working space in preparation and present the idea to your manager, which will benefit them and you.

If you’re reading this as an employer/manager: Tell your staff that the next time their journey into work is likely to be affected, they can work from a coworking space instead.

It could be one of the best business decisions you’ve ever made!