Commuters have faced three days of travel trauma this week as a rail strike got underway. Millions of UK people have been squeezing onto packed trains to make it to the office and back again. That’s simply not necessary when digital communications can power your office from home. But, long after this latest rail strike has ended, what is the impact on those affected and how can this be avoided?
A rail strike hits business
A study found that the Southern Trains industrial action in 2016 cost the economy £11 million every day in lost productivity and staff absenteeism. Click To TweetHowever, the actual financial impact of a rail strike on the economy could be even higher. Retail, service and hospitality businesses thrive on footfall from busy office workers. Small businesses, like your local independent coffee shop, will be hit the hardest too. So, with fewer people in the office and more people forced to take time off, the ripple effect is felt far and wide. Flexible working options mean you won’t waste your working day travelling. That means you can still pop out for a leisurely lunch and tick everything off your to-do list.
A rail strike hits people
Pennies and pounds aside, the true cost of a rail strike can spiral. Commuters can be emotionally hit by the stress and daily trauma of trouble on the tracks. During that Southern strike, commuters were quoted in the national press saying that they were at ‘breaking point’. Some said that the rail strike had ruined their lives and that others had even lost their jobs because of it.
A critical report, which came out this week, also said that passengers on Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern lines suffered the worst disruption in the UK. This was because of delays, cancellations and staff shortages.
Although a rail strike is usually only a short-term problem, the chaos of commuting can be an everyday occurrence. It doesn’t get the headlines like a rail strike but roadworks, poor weather conditions or minor rail delays can still cause headaches.
Hit back at the rail strike
It doesn’t have to be that way. This could all be avoided if your teams were able to work from home. Your teams can work together with unified communications bringing the office to them. Productivity would not dip. A better work/life balance would be established. Your staff will be happier and want to stay part of a good thing. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Contact the team at eaziUC to find out how to modernise your workplace with digital communications before a rail strike happens again.