Intangible benefits of ICM (II). Advantages of working close to home, for health, pocket and the environment
More than 87% of the ICM (Integral de Conexión y Montajes, S.L.) staff, including those from the two factories where we develop our manufacturing solutions for manufacturers, live near the workplace or in nearby towns. Specifically, a maximum of 36 minutes by car. This proximity is one of the intangible benefits offered by our company. However, in Spain, this is not the usual thing. Most of them have to spend a lot of time going to and from work every day.
Experts confirm that living close to the company minimizes the impact on physical and mental health caused by commuting to the workplace and returning home after the end of the working day. For this reason, many social psychologists consider that the distance between home and the workplace is a factor to be taken into account when choosing one job or another. No salary counteracts the negative effects of driving for hours.
Working close to home allows you to spend less time commuting, which helps reduce stress. It also makes it possible to sleep and rest more, since it is possible to leave later in the morning, and return home earlier, after finishing the working day. And that time savings can be used for exercise, sports and leisure activities. And even spending more time with family and friends. All this is more difficult when hours are spent commuting from home to work and vice versa; and logically, it affects health.
On the other hand, living close to work facilitates the use of active means of transport plus health improvements, such as cycling or walking.
Other additional advantages of proximity to work are related to the domestic economy and the environmental impact. Long journeys by car are avoided, which often involve traffic jams and the risk of having a traffic accident. Or, if you opt for public transport instead of private, reduce your time on the train, bus or subway.
In addition, this proximity to the workplace implies a considerable saving of money, because, for example, not using your own vehicle or using it on short trips, reduces fuel costs and the derivative of possible breakdowns and maintenance. And it offers a greater possibility of using public transport, a cheaper and more practical means, as well as being better for the environment, since lower fuel consumption helps to reduce pollution, of course.