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Don't Let the Bus Strike Put You Out!

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Thu, Sep 29, 2016


The nightmare of a transport strike is upon us again, coming into action when everything is getting back to normal after the summer holidays. Staff at Dublin Bus have staged strikes as part of a campaign for higher pay. Around 400,000 people use Dublin Bus each day and Dublin retailers claim sales have plummeted by as much as 60% due to the strike action.

Everyone will be leaving earlier in the mornings to make it into the office for 9am and without the use of bus lanes, extra volumes of traffic are expected to build up, causing even more delays with extremely heavy traffic on all routes in and out of Dublin City.

I am extremely lucky as my commute from Dublin to our HQ in Bray, Wicklow is made without any stress during the strikes as here at Softworks, we have flexible working.

One of the main implications that can arise from a bus strike is the fact that employees who rely on Dublin Bus for their commute, could be late for work due to the fact that they will not have access to public transport. In addition, those who commute by car, will be disrupted by an increase of traffic volumes.

Below are a few ways to help you get to work on time during the strike:

1. Working from Home

If you will find it difficult to get to work on time during the days of the strike and it is an option in your workplace, work from home. This will not only save you extra travel time but also costs if you are relying on expensive means such as taxis to get to and from work. It will also reduce the level of stress caused by rushing to make it into the office on time.

2. Cycling and Carpooling

If flexible working is not an option, employees should be encouraged to cycle to work these days. It would be worthwhile to inquire about a Bike to Work scheme. You could also make use of Dublin Bikes. You can get a three-day ticket for €5, and it is only €20 for an annual subscription and the first half hour of every journey is free. Carpooling is another option as the less cars on the road the better. Not only will carpooling save you money, it will help reduce your carbon footprint along with stress. It will also reduce traffic congestion which I am sure everyone will be thankful for.

3. Flexible Working

If your company already offers flexible working then you are one of the lucky ones as your commute to and from work during this strike will be a lot less stressful. Instead of leaving earlier than usual and being stuck in traffic, you could head in to the office for 8am and leave at 4:30pm, before rush hour comes into effect. You could also go in to work for 10am and finish up at 6:30pm, also beating all of the traffic. 

There are many benefits to Flexible Working:

  • Improved job satisfaction, morale, and productivity
  • Increased customer loyalty and customer satisfaction due to lower staff turnover
  • Higher productivity
  • Happier employees
  • Reduced level of absenteeism
  • Remove or reduce overtime
  • Lower staff turnover
  • Automate holiday requests
  • Improved balance of work and family life

So, if you are lucky enough to have flexible working, make the most of it, especially with the bus strikes in place. Remember, there are a lot of people who would love to get into work early and leave before the rush hour traffic builds up but unfortunately, they don’t have the choice.

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Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Flexible Working