Why commute in the age of the internet?
In England, one in seven commuters spend two hours or more each day travelling to and from work. This results in a startling compromise to their work life balance. A similar pattern is being experienced by many Irish workers. WDC research on commuting in the Western Region of Ireland indicates that people’s journey times have become longer, most noteworthy, travelling on congested routes into Galway city.
Monster, a leading global employment solutions company has researched some of the reasons why a long commute may not be good for you. The reasons include compromises to mental and physical health, together with financial and opportunity cost. Consequently, long commutes make people unhappy. This sad reality does not need to be the fate of office workers. Work life balance can change completely when investments are made into the internet capacity of local towns. Entrepreneurs are able to provide a much better work environment for their employees, without the compromises of the long commute.
What could you do with an extra 2 hours every day?
Spend more time with friends and family, or take up a new hobby. Gaining an extra two hours per day enables you to do a lot of fishing, horse riding, golf and cycling. It definitely beats sitting in the car for hours on end. Why not enjoy more meals out, or learn to fly, whatever ignites your passion. You can certainly afford it, now that you are saving more than €150 per week which you were spending on all that unnecessary commuting.
A one hour commute morning and evening costs more than €7,000 each year (based on the additional operating costs for a 60 km commute in an average size vehicle. This cost does not include fixed costs such as insurance, tax and depreciation). That is €7,000 each year which commuters will have in their pocket for living the life or paying off their mortgage in half the time. A mortgage which has 20 years remaining today, would be paid off in just over 10 years from now with the money saved. (ie paying €150 per week against a €170,000 mortgage at 5% apr).
Small towns are at the cusp of a technologically driven revolution. The internet is creating an environment where it is no longer necessary to commute into the big city to access high quality ethernet. Publicly owned internet infrastructure is luring jobs back to smaller towns. Savvy managers see the benefits of offering their staff a shorter commute to work, to say nothing of the much lower cost base for their company. A stress free lifestyle results in greater productivity in the workplace, hence a win win situation for employee and employer.
With the internet capacity and connection speeds of the big city, employees can teleconference with locations as diverse as New York and Nanjing, Minneapolis, Manchester or Milan, and upload large data in real time. The critical thing needed in a modern office is super fast fibre ethernet with resilience. The disruptive technology which has globalised the supply chain is about to deliver an equally disruptive change in favour of local economies, as employment returns to those towns which have big internet capacity. Why commute in the age of the internet?
The answer is you no longer need to.
As businesses in the UK consider their options for a post Brexit world, the lower cost base in Ireland West make it attractive. Following in the footsteps of a whole new surge of tourists who have discovered the magic of the wild atlantic way of life or tasted the luxury of one of the world’s top castle resorts Ashford Castle at Cong, Claremorris where the Tollman family have invested €75 million restoring the former spendour of this 800 year old estate. Tourists, some arriving in their own private jets fly into Ireland West Airport Knock, which is just 20 minutes north of Claremorris to enjoy the fresh air and stress-free lifestyle. With so many multinational companies located in the west of Ireland, some towns now enjoy gigabit fibre internet infrastructure of a standard which is similar to that available in Dublin, London and California.
While the impact of a hard or soft Brexit is much debated, Ireland has very strong advantages when dealing with the global economy, from an educated english speaking workforce, to its membership of the EU and the euro area. The much lower cost base in Ireland West makes it attractive for companies looking to relocate. Two hours west of Dublin and a world away in terms of the high quality of life which it offers, Ireland West is the reason some companies have began to look at alternatives other than outsourcing to the east.
The Dublin rental market is boiling red hot with office rents nearing €65 per square foot and an average apartment likely to hit €2,500 a month. While tight property supply constrains Dublin’s appeal, the west of the country is experiencing a bit of a renaissance. Property prices are still very much affordable, with good quality office space available to lease or rent at €10 per square foot per annum and apartments to rent for €600 per month and its never been easier to get there.
Innovation House Claremorris can offer flexible office solutions with gigabit fibre internet for businesses looking to expand and the can-do attitude to make it happen.
Save the commute, enjoy the lifestyle, Innovation House is quality office space in Ireland West with high quality internet. Innovation House Claremorris is 20 miles from Ashford Castle Cong and 20 minutes to Knock Airport, within walking distance of the railway station in a town centre location. The office has networked connectivity with backhaul resilience and large bandwidth internet having terabyte capacity on the Claremorris MAN Fibre Network. Located midway between Galway and Sligo on the N17 Atlantic Economic Corridor. Dublin is just over 2 hours from Claremorris either via the new M17 Motorway or direct rail service. People working in Claremorris County Mayo enjoy a high quality work life balance with top class sporting and recreational facilities ranging from swimming and equestrian to championship athletics and golf facilities. Some of the most successful multi national companies have established in and continue to trade from Claremorris such as De Care Dental, CBE Software and of course Smyths Toys which was founded in Claremorris in 1935. Innovation House can offer your team the connectivity they need, with the stress free lifestyle that leads to success. Claremorris is a traditional Irish market town with a large catchment area. Within 20 minutes of Claremorris 30 different languages are spoken providing your business with a highly educated and truly multilingual workforce. A range of office layouts is available in Innovation House from open plan areas to small offices and meeting rooms. A 20 to 40 person office is immediately available and can be fitted out to suit your requirements. Larger space can be provided quickly within the existing building which can accommodate up to 200 people and there is an adjacent site for a large office block if needed. Get the connectivity of London , New York or Hong Kong in a community environment. Innovation House is quality office space in Ireland West where you can grow your business internationally.