Rows upon rows of idling cars, much tooting and honking, and still being late for work: who doesn’t hate traffic jams? A new initiative from “Out of rush hour, into work” [Uit de file en aan het werk] reminds employees that they don’t have to hit the road every day. If we all would leave the car at home one day a week, the problem would all but solve itself. In fact, it would save us time, gas and money. More importantly, it is more environmentally friendly, and improves road safety. The “New Way of Working” is definitely the way to go in this case.

The New Way of Working: cultural shift required

The “Out of rush hour, into work” initiative originates from the IT sector, but is gaining ground in other branches. The primary goal is to transfer physical meetings and arrangements to the digital medium. This requires a cultural shift. The New Way of Working has not yet been embraced everywhere. Objections arise from many managers, but also in part from employees, some of whom feel safer working at the office.

In light of this initiative, it is important that organisations find a way to let employees telecommute or work flexibly. The New Way of Working is a means to an end: leaving the car at home one day a week leads to being more conscious about commuting, which has its advantages.

Telecommute without confusion

Do you want to do your part in reducing those stress-inducing, efficiency-lowering traffic jams? Consider letting your employees work from home one day a week. Good coordination is crucial here: it’s important to record the telecommuting days of your employees, preferably in a clear and easy way. Why not use a user-friendly, cloud-based leave registration system to keep everything organised? With a single click, you can have a complete overview of where and when your employees are hard at work!

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