Recent research has found that travelling to and from work by train offers psychological benefits for mental wellbeing and cognitive function.

Nearly half of employees are expecting to gain some form of benefit or improved work-life balance when they return to the workplace, research has also revealed. Though, experts have warned that daily commuting could still harm mental health.

Professor Joseph Devlin, University College London academic, said that “The commute delineates boundaries between home and work-life and can be used to switch one off and transition to the other”.

With seasonal and peak train journeys increased by 30 per cent in August, it appears that many workers are looking for a hybrid work schedule that can assist their work-life balance and mental health.

Returning to the office might be the boost of productivity and mental wellbeing that employees need to change up their environment after over a year working from home.

However, experts have also warned that daily commuting might have the opposite impact on workers.

While commuting can be a great divide between home and work-life, giving employees a bit of ‘me-time’, this may not work on a full-time basis.

Rachel Suff, senior employment relations adviser at the CIPD, said “Many people who’ve embraced home and hybrid working say the biggest benefit is not having to travel to work every day”.

It is crucial for employers to recognise that commutes differ for each individual and those with a more stressful or longer commute time may not have the same experience as someone located closer.

Commuting is only a positive experience when workers can make it productive or enjoyable for themselves. If this cannot be done easily and a commute is stressful, it will take a toll on an individual’s mental health, as well as starting and finishing employee’s days negatively.

What are the benefits of a hybrid working model?

The benefits of remaining flexible and offering a hybrid working pattern is being appreciated by more and more employers going forward. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased productivity
  • Improved employee satisfaction and culture
  • Better collaboration and work relationships
  • More possibilities for continuous learning
  • Boosted mental wellbeing

When planned carefully and strategically, the hybrid work model has the potential to take your business to a new level of productivity.

With the ongoing changes to workplace policies after the last year, we at HR Caddy believe in getting to understand our clients’ businesses, their needs, and their culture first. 

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