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Smarter Working Is Key To Tackling Congestion 24 May 2007

Filed under: News,Small Business — worddocdooley @ 8:39am

Today is the final day of Work Wise Week, an initiative to promote smarter working practices such as flexible working, including condensed hours and nine-day fortnights, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home.

Yesterday was the focus of the impact of smarter working practices on our much-troubled transportation system and accompanying road congestion.

The powers that be have declared what I, and I suspect you, have known all along: that working from home or ‘remote working’ provides a major solution to road congestion and public transport overcrowding, not to mention pollution. Doh!

“A key benefit of the introduction of new smarter working practices is that it leads to a decline in the overall amount of travel. The requirement to travel to and from work at the same time to the same place every weekday, and also to travel many miles for meetings, is largely unnecessary considering the technology available, and the nature of the global market, today,” says Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK.

“Changing our working practices, and so our travel patterns, is one of the solutions to road congestion and public transport overcrowding, and probably the only one that is currently achievable.”

And it’s a lot, lot better and fairer than slapping on road ‘stealth’ taxes left, right and centre (and when are we going to see an improved public transport system that can more than cope with the demand, and isn’t akin to being squeezed into non-existant gaps onto packed trains and buses?)…

What do you think?

Are you currently working from home, or is your boss too mean-spirited and backward thinking to contemplate such a beneficial move? I’d love to hear your news and views!

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