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With rail fares set to increase and the continued threat of strikes, how should employers support staff to try out an alternative commute?
This week celebrates national Cycle to Work Day, and marks a time when commuters across the UK will be thinking very carefully about the method of transport they use to get to and from work.
In many parts of the country, taking the car to work proves to be a stressful and lengthy option. Furthermore, recent announcements that rail fares are set to increase by 1.9% - combined with the threat of regular strikes - is making this an increasingly unattractive option.
As a result, commuter habits across the UK are changing. For many, cycling or running to the office offers a myriad of benefits: financial savings against the cost of taking the train or driving, improving general fitness and wellbeing, and a reduced impact on the environment.
The rise of the more active commuter is also having a knock-on effect on the type of facilities provided in the office, and the need to supply showering and changing facilities should be recognised by businesses.
Fit for purpose?
While many larger companies have offered extensive washroom facilities for some time, businesses of all sizes must evaluate whether their current office space is fit for purpose, or whether they could be alienating potential recruits due to an incompatibility with their commuting preferences.
Additionally, at a time when talent attraction and retention is key, offering new and existing employees a broad range of benefits, for instance spacious and modern shower and changing facilities, is very important.
Methods of travel such as cycling and running offer wide-ranging positive impacts that span beyond making improvements to the office facility provision.
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