Commuting | Coacto Year of Change #11
We all know how easy it is to hop in our cars and head off to work. And sometimes it’s necessary! Here at Coacto, we are trying to limit our car usage as much as we can, and are instead cycling, walking or taking the bus or train whenever possible.
But what are the benefits? A study of 18,000 workers, conducted by the University of East Anglia, found that people taking public transport to work were sleeping better and therefore feeling happier. Conversely, car commuters were 13% more likely to feel under constant strain or were unable to concentrate. That’s food for thought!
You may think that public transport would be more stressful than driving, but as the lead researcher, Adam Martin, explained; “as buses and trains also give people time to relax, read, socialise and there is usually an associated walk to the bus stop or railway station, it appears to cheer people up.” Buses and trains run anyway, so using these can have more benefits than making a car journey.
So, avoiding the car could have more than just environmental benefits. It might also help improve your mental health. The constant concentration needed while driving can lead to continued stress throughout the work day, while taking the bus allows you to have time with your thoughts. Finding free time in the day to think can be difficult, so this might be the solution. And if you’re looking for a New Years objective, this could be your answer!
Making changes that also involve changing habits can take some effort to achieve. We worked with a new customer recently that had a 70 user Salesforce.com Sales Cloud implementation, just for sales, account management and opportunity management, that had fallen into disrepair.