“We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.” – Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
According to a 2010 General Social Survey conducted by Statistics Canada, the average time spent commuting in Toronto is 33 minutes each way. In other words, people typically spend more than five hours every week, in their cars or using public transportation, to get to where they need to be.
Five hours is a lot of time. It’s almost half a day. It’s enough time to drive from Toronto to Montreal. It’s enough time to watch two movies back to back or perhaps even to read an entire book. Five hours of wasted time each week, through no fault of your own, stuck in limbo, thinking about everything that you need to get done, but cannot.
Why is commuting in Toronto so grueling?
Toronto is a major metropolitan city with significant infrastructure and a lot of hustle and bustle. The Greater Toronto Area, as of the 2011 census, had a population of more than 6 million people. When you take into consideration:
• Run-of-the-mill traffic gridlock
• Ongoing construction on the Gardiner Expressway
• Daily road closures
• Unexpected weather delays
It’s actually no surprise that commuting in Toronto is a punishing affair. If you examine commute times only during rush hour, those 33 minutes swell dramatically. It is not uncommon to hear complaints from colleagues, lamenting a 2 or even 3-hour commute.
Doing away with your daily commute
Sitting behind the wheel of a car, or squished between passengers on a streetcar, it is extremely difficult to accomplish anything. So the time spent commuting is often accepted as dead or wasted time. But does it have to be this way?
Not when you consider that increasingly, companies are reevaluating the traditional workweek and encouraging employees to work remotely. In fact, studies indicate that remote workers are happier, more efficient and less likely to quit. Easy-to-use teleconferencing tools, like OneConnect’s ‘remote worker’ make it simple for members of your team to roll up their sleeves and get their job done from an affordable and scalable ‘virtual’ office. Audio, video and web conferencing systems offer enhanced flexibility and accessibility for all of your business needs. Goodbye commute. Hello productivity.
Enhanced productivity on the go
While remote working is a viable option for many, for others, the daily commute is an unavoidable and necessary evil. But with the right tools in place, even commuting in Toronto can be a productive experience. For instance, OneConnect’s Find Me Follow Me feature ensures that you are accessible wherever you are, at any time of the day. In the car, on the bus, or even at the spa, you can setup the system to ring your work desk phone and then your cellphone and not skip a beat. With a full service mobile phone client on your smart phone, you have what you need to get your job done.
So the next time you find yourself on the bus, pinned to the wall behind a crowd of disgruntled Bay Street workers, remember that commuting in Toronto need not be the source of your persistent headache. Arm yourself with the right tools and supports and you can reclaim those five hours that you have grown accustomed to wasting each and every week.