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Transport for London says: Don't travel!

TfL launches Smarter Working Guide

Reducing the need to travel is a key element of sustainable travel planning. And Transport for London, the largest transport authority in the country, is throwing its weight behind moves to flexible working with the publication of a Smarter Working Guide.

According to Ben Plowden, Director of Travel Demand Management at TfL:

"As London's population continues to grow, it's more important than ever for employers to take advantage of the opportunities smarter working practices can offer both their organisations and their employees.

"The Smarter Working Guide is a really practical way to help organisations put more flexible working practices into place."

The Guide has been produced in association with Work Wise UK, the national campaign to promote flexible working.  It is very attractively produced, and summarises the main options for flexible work, the link with travel planning and the main business and personal benefits.

The primary target audience is organisations who maybe haven't yet begun to think systematically about flexible working, and for those who are making their first foray into flexible working, or are muddling along and want to think about it in a more integrated way, this guide is great.

It's very attractively produced and easy to follow.  It's also very level-headed, so you can see the people at Work Wise UK who produced it have got their feet firmly on the ground and understand  the practical issues facing companies.  And the Guide also recognises the importance of mobility for the modern workforce, and the options for mobile working, working in virtual teams and working from satellite sites are addressed as well as the more familiar field of homeworking.

A 7 step process for planning and adopting flexible working is included, though due to the length of the guide there is not much detail in how to go about this.  For more detail there are a range of practical resources in Flexibility to provide the framework for implementing a programme, for example in the Complete Guide to Flexible Work (and see box below).

The Guide also contains useful checklists and case studies, and is a welcome and soundly-based addition to the resources available for flexible working.

There's also a section outlining how Smarter Working links to travel planning.  Transport for London is able to advise companies on how to implement workplace travel plans, and it's great to see that flexible working is now a key measure they promote.

Further resources

Further resources on Flexibility to provide practical help implementing smarter work include:

The Complete Guide to Flexible Work

Gathering evidence to build the business case

Flexible work and HR policies

Being an e-manager

Pitfalls and how to deal with them

For larger organisations developing flexible work and wanting to share experience and solutions, there is the

Smart Work Network



Travelling without moving

Government agencies are beginning to realise that managing travel demand needs a wider approach to managing mobility.

Transport for London has taken an initiative here with its launch (November 2007) of their Smarter Working Guide - a polished and well-written document that makes a persuasive case for flexible working.

The Guide can be downloaded from the Transport for London website.


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