SBB and Swisscom Test Traffic Relief Impact of New Work Practices
Published on: 30th Jan 2013
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The Swiss mobile network Swisscom and the national railway company the SBB are conducting a pilot study entitled "WorkAnywhere" to test whether flexible working models might relieve traffic congestion during peak hours.
As a part of this study, some 250 employees of the two companies will restrict their commutes to non-peak hours whenever possible.
Whenever possible during February and March, the employees they will arrange their workday in such a way that their commutes to and from work do not fall within peak hours. The participants have the IT tools needed for mobile working - whether from home or while travelling to and from their place of work.
"We're interested in finding out whether greater flexibility in employees' daily work could actually have the potential of improving the distribution of commuters on trains," says Bernhard Meier, interim Head of Communication & Public Affairs at SBB. SBB and Swisscom are convinced that flexible work arrangements and home offices could boost employee satisfaction and efficiency.
Apart from evaluating the potential impact, both companies also hope to gain insights into which factors in employees' working environments promote flexible working and which hurdles employees face. "We've been able to gain some good experience with flexible working models over the past few years. The study offers us a great opportunity to find out more precisely just what impact mobile working has on teamwork for instance," says Urs Schaeppi, CEO of Swisscom Switzerland.
The study will be conducted and evaluated by a team from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.