When your team is hard at work it’s a wonderful thing to behold. Everyone is sharing ideas and innovations are clicking along.
But it’s easy to forget that outside of the company and meeting rooms and cubicles, people have a life that may include a stressful ramp up to work and a nail biting (or mind numbing) commute home.
People commute an average of 50 minutes a day and the way that commute goes in both directions can have a specific effect on how well they make it through a work day.
Everyday stressors like traffic or boredom can release hormones in the body that are bad for health, attention span, or can be just downright depressing.
Taking time to consider the commuting life of your company is one that will pay dividends.
Obviously it’s not your business what other people do in their off time (including on the way to and from work), but offering a suggestion of some ways to destress in that time can only be a good thing and lead to improved productivity.
Some are simple ideas to reduce the loneliness of the AM grind.
Driving with a friend, for example, makes you more likely to be happy — because of the transitive property of happiness.
Then there are podcasts that can help you de-stress, like listening to something funny. Or you could follow a meditation regimen — something that can be done whether walking, biking or taking the bus.
Other ideas look at healthy ways to start the day either with exercise or dietary choices. Did you know that drinking citrus juice can block stress hormones? Or that paying it forward is a great way to get more energy?
Take a look at the infographic below for surefire and non-invasive ways to recommend improvements to the collaborative energy at work, just by changing daily commuting habits.