The further the commute, the worse the work-life balance, that’s a fact. Despite the known mental and physical impairments, working in another location is part of everyday life for the majority of German employees.
Long ways and great pain
In many cases, those affected have a stronger bond with their familiar surroundings than respect for their own health. Moving to the exact location of the own company is therefore not an option for many commuters. The physical damage is clearly noticeable: back pain, headaches and fatigue are noticeable as a result of long periods of sitting and insufficient exercise. Anyone who thinks that their own car is more flexible than public transport and therefore easier on the nerves is wrong. Construction sites and traffic jams cause stress, especially at rush hours.
Are Commuters More Prone To Depression?
The psyche in particular suffers from the commute madness. It is reported that commuters feel increasingly excluded and more often suffer from depression. The days of absence due to mental suffering are 11% higher for male workers and 15% higher for women than for the rest of the population.
“In the long run, commuting is obviously harmful to your health,” says Dr. Steffen Häfner, Chief Physician for Behavioral Medicine and Psychosomatics at the Magazine of the Techniker Krankenkasse clear.
How harmful is commuting to our climate?
It is not only body and mind that suffer from commuting problems: long journeys to work are detrimental to the climate, as 68% of Germans use their cars for daily transportation. A study by Greenpeace showed that 5.4 million tons of CO2 could be saved if 40% of employees were to avoid commuting two days a week. In the past few years, harmful emissions from the transport sector in Germany have continued to rise. The federal government’s climate protection report actually provides for a reduction in these emissions. Less commuting would significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
Home office as the best alternative?
A hybrid form of work with the integration of the home as a second workplace saves travel and thus a lot of nerves. In addition, a flexible form of work is also possible.
Unfortunately, working from home has some negative aspects: When working from home, the separation of professional and private life becomes blurred. In addition, a certain discipline is required to keep the work motivation at a constant level. Not everyone has the optimal equipment in the home office, regardless of whether it is a powerful computer or a large desk. Probably the biggest disadvantage of working from home, however, is the lack of social contacts in the office. Personal togetherness is best achieved there and not in video chat.
Coworking – the solution to all problems
In addition to the problem of commuting and the hopeless home office, there is another option that combines the advantages of both worlds: local coworking. This takes a much shorter way to work in a professional environment where you can develop productively. The amenities vary from space to space, of course, but they’re all cooler than the usual company office.
This is where people come together who work in a wide variety of industries and are all there for the same reason: to use the day productively. The unique networking comes with it every time.
Germans are more enthusiastic than ever before: According to the Federal Association for Coworking, the number of spaces quadrupled between January 2018 and May 2020! Most people don’t even know which coworking spaces are in their immediate vicinity. Independesk not only helps you to find the most interesting of these spaces, but also offers you the opportunity to book into the Berlin TV tower with just a few clicks. If you are afraid of heights, you are guaranteed to find another coworking alternative in your area in the app.