From the Calgary Herald, an article on the cost of commuting versus tele-commuting. Statistics Canada reports that in the Calgary area, the average time to travel to work on a typical day is 26 minutes. 16% of commuters take 45 minutes or more to get to work.

Another report shows that the average Canadian worker is spending 42 minutes commuting to and from work each day. The costs of working away from home – $269.

Before I began working from home, the morning commute varied over the years, depending on where I was working. Living in a mid-size city that is sprawled over a large area, on busy mornings it could easily take 45 minutes to get to work. And another 45 minutes to get home again when the work day ended. This time is now spent on organizing my next day’s work and more enjoyable activities such as going for a walk, watering my plants or listening to music. Sounds a lot more relaxing than fighting  traffic, doesn’t it?

For those business owners out there who are thinking of hiring a virtual team or allowing their employees to work from home, the infographic below from Mindflash should give you some idea of the advantages as well as the disadvantages of remote working.Which works best for your company? Would you like your employer to allow you to work virtually?

image at top from milebymile