To Commute, or not to Commute

by Jeff Wiener on September 5, 2012

That may no longer be the question, as while literary scholars have argued over the meaning of Shakespeare’s original quotation for years, the answer to this ever-present conundrum for the modern worker is being made simpler every day with advances in remote communication technology.

In today’s modern work-a-day world commuting for many of us is an unavoidable reality, and while some are able to utilize this time to read or relax if they take public transportation, for most of us the daily commute is a necessary evil to get home to our families and the more enjoyable parts of life.

Now, however, modern advancements in office telecommunications have presented many people with a unique opportunities to become remote workers, to utilize new mobile communications technology and take back those wasted hours in a work week; leaving us all wondering what we would do with our time if we eliminated the commute.

While I don’t have the statistics on hand, I shudder to think how much time most of us waste sitting in our vehicles on the way to and from the office, driving home (pun intended) the reality that far too much time is devoted to the commute. Aside from the time commitment, though, studies have shown that commuting has negative effects on our health and wellbeing as well, identified as one of the key contributing factors to daily stress, with longer commutes leading further to poor sleep quality, exhaustion, and overall poor health.

In addition, commuting reportedly also takes a toll on relationships, with a higher chance of separation facing those who regularly undertake a long journey to work. Simply put, the more time you spend in traffic, the less time you have to devote to the more important things in life like family and avocation. But modern technology is looking for ways to give you your time (and your life) back.

As I’ve said before, it wasn’t that long ago that the concept of the remote worker was nothing but a pipedream. If you tried to call someone at their office extension and they weren’t there you would have to leave a message. Simply put, no answer at your desk extension meant you weren’t reachable.

But thankfully the mobile landscape has changed considerably, with the new age of mobility incorporating a full gamut of remotely connected tools; including everything–your smartphone, laptop, browser, remote IP softphone, and desk phone–into one connected mobile package.

Simply put, with mobile apps for the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry—particularly Avaya’s useful One-X app, which provides enhanced integration with one’s existed communications platform and constant remote connection—everything one does from their mobile device, whether making a voice call, sending an IM, or even video chat, can now be done as if you were sitting at your desk.

The benefits of remote working don’t stop there however, as an additional bonus for companies is that studies have found that when employees are allowed to remotely work and given greater flexibility in their hours, they end up being more productive, putting in anywhere from 5 to 20 more hours per week on average.

In the end, isn’t it time you stopped letting the daily commute rob you of your time, your health, and the enjoyment of your life? Isn’t it time you looked into the latest advances in mobile communication technology to see how you can break that chain to your office desk yet ensure you never miss a call again?

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