The daily commute
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that the amount of time we spend on our daily commute has a significant impact on our overall happiness levels.
In a study conducted by the University of the West of England, researchers identified a link between the amount of time spent commuting to and from work and how satisfied you feel at work, with the findings confirming that every extra minute of commuting time reduces both job and leisure time satisfaction, increases strain and worsens mental health for workers.In fact, an additional 20 minutes of commuting per day is believed to have the same negative effect on job satisfaction as receiving a 19 per cent pay cut.
Further adding to the findings, another study conducted by National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner confirmed our suspicions that reducing our daily commute makes us happier, drawing the reverse comparison that if you can cut an hour long commute each way out of your life, it’s the happiness equivalent of earning an extra $40,000 each year.
When the amount of time spent commuting holds such a strong correlation with happiness, there’s clearly plenty of benefit to choosing an easily accessible location with good connections by both road and public transport, giving your staff the gift of a shorter commute time.
A positive environment
Time-and-time-again various studies have shown how dramatically our environment can affect various aspects of our physical and mental wellbeing. Beyond the basic requirements of safety and security, we’re most happy in environments that offer both physical and psychological comfort.
In a study published by the University of Minnesota, it was identified that our environment can impact us in the following ways:
- it can facilitate or discourage interactions among people (and the subsequent benefits of social support)
- it can influence people’s behaviour and motivation to act, and
- it can influence mood (with several research studies revealing that rooms with both natural and artificial bright light can improve health outcomes such as depression, agitation, sleep and perhaps most importantly, stress).
If you want to create a workplace culture that inspires innovation and creativity, you can’t underestimate the power of choosing a workspace that provides a comfortable and pleasant environment for your staff to work in each day.
The ‘clock-off’ effect
We all know how important fostering good workplace relationships can be to the success of your business. In addition to benefits like improved teamwork, higher employee retention rates and increased productivity, positive workplace relationships can also significantly improve employee morale.
In many workplaces, it’s not uncommon for the strongest bonding between colleagues to occur after they’ve clocked off from work. Whether it’s during lunch breaks spent at their favourite café discussing their opinions, interests or favourite pastimes or rehashing everything that happened that week over Friday night drinks, having ample opportunity to share time together outside of the workplace can have a far more significant impact on relationships in the workplace than many managers realise.
By choosing a location where staff have a selection of cafes, eateries, restaurants or bars at their disposal, your staff will be more inclined to spend a little extra bonding-time together after-hours.
Finding the right location is easy
If your staff and business could benefit from moving to a new location, don’t hesitate to look for a new commercial property for lease. Searching for a new location is so much easier than you think, websites like www.commercialview.com.au make finding the right commercial property easy.Simply search, sort and select from an extensive range of properties for sale or lease to find the one that will best suit your business—your staff will thank you for it!