Stagger Work Times

I think it's fair to say that a large majority of the workforce in Bristol start and finish work within the same 2hour window. This results in a large amount of us wasting time sat around in queuing traffic, crammed of overcrowded trains or buses and racing around to get to work on time.

I can't understand why there is a pressure for everyone to start or finish work at similar times, would it not be more productive to have start and finish times staggered allowing us to spend more time being productive at work and enjoying Bristol with our families?
I think it would be beneficial to encourage major employers in Bristol to stagger there start and finish times so that we can even out the load on our roads. It could be possible to achieve this to offer employers discounts in rates or other perks for being part of this scheme.

Why the contribution is important

-Reduce the pressure on our crowded transport including roads, trains and buses whilst avoiding discouraging visitors and workers with congestion charges, one way systems etc.
-Help with workload for emergency services during rush hours.
-Increase employees productivity and well being.
-Make it more appealing for people to return to work in Bristol.

by user490250 on November 25, 2013 at 07:48PM

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  • Posted by user718520 November 26, 2013 at 11:21

    Interesting proposal, but surely when people work is based on the operational needs of the organisation and business where people work?

    This may be something that will become less of a problem with more people working flexibly with new technology and working from home.
  • Posted by user563645 November 26, 2013 at 12:46

    I totally agree, and no, BccModerator, some jobs are not time dependant at all- many people could work from home,and do staggered hours- it is the employers who just won't allow it. Perhaps Mr Ferguson could talk to the business community about this, to try and encourage more employers to agree to it. Perks & discounts could provide more incentive for them.
  • Posted by user490250 November 26, 2013 at 21:03

    For example, I can't understand why a large amount of staff at UWE begin at similar times causing traffic chaos on the Fulton road ring road near the M32, lectures can surely be staggered and with new technologies I'm sure some staff can prepare for lectures etc from home.
  • Posted by user734334 November 27, 2013 at 11:26

    I agree with the bcc moderator. Many shops already open later and close later and some companies are starting to have later opening times such as many call centres. I think there will be a gradual shift by some businesses but....for example if schools opened two hours earlier, it would certainly stagger the traffic but would this not also mess with people's work days and incur other costs?
  • Posted by user536194 December 04, 2013 at 21:29

    Judging by traffic in school holidays, adjusting school start times would be equally effective. Unfortunately, I find no one minds if you start early or leave late, but the inverse gets peers and managers complaining.
  • Posted by user536903 January 09, 2014 at 16:41

    Encouraging more usage of conferencing facilities and VPNs will enable this and will be more effective
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