Despite there being a lot of enthusiasm of remote working and flexible ‘hot desking’ in the business pages, it is still not commonplace. There are still 81.2% of the working population that regularly commute to a fixed location in the UK. Petrol or train fair costs are constantly on the increase and the cost of a commute to work is something that must be considered when taking any job, a
However, there are other costs to a commute; the cost
On average we spend over a year of our lives getting to and from the office, a total of 10,634 hours (443 days). Workers in London endure the longest average commute (74.2 minutes) followed by the South-east and East (56.4 and 56 minutes respectively). Those in Wales (41 minutes) and the South-west (44.8 minutes) enjoy the shortest journeys to work. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the worst possible commute for your personal happiness is a journey of 30 minutes or more on a bus. On a global scale, the effects of commuting are only too plain to see, contributing to air pollution, global warming, urban sprawl and traffic congestion.
Long hours of commuting, especially if you’re driving, are associated with high blood pressure, musculoskeletal disorders, increased anger and resentment at work, absenteeism, lateness, and an inability to concentrate and perform to the same standards as those who live in much closer proximity to the workplace.