It seems commuters really don’t like travelling to work, but there are huge regional variations in exactly how long commuters are willing to spend on the journey, according to new research.
A survey of 1,002 UK adults, carried out by AllCarLeasing.co.uk, found that whilst Londoners are willing to endure the longest commute at an hour and a half, other locations are less tolerant of travelling long distances to work – Manchester residents said they would be willing to commute just 23 minutes each day.
There were also notable gender differences, with men being willing to travel up to 1 hour and 29 minutes to work in contrast to women who would prefer to travel for just 59 minutes.
It seems there isn’t much flexibility in this – when asked how long they were prepared to spend travelling to work for their ‘dream job’,the average response was just 1 hour 14 minutes, less than the average Londoner is prepared to spend getting to and from work.
James Buttrick, e-commerce manager at All Car Leasing said:
“It’s surprising to see that on average Brits are only willing to travel for up to an hour and 14 minutes for an ideal job role – however, previous studies have proved that there is a positive relationship between a shorter commute and wellbeing for UK workers.”
So what is it that UK hate so much about the journey to and from work? Brits told researchers the following were particular pet hates on the daily commute:
- Being stuck in traffic (63%)
- Other commuters not letting people off the bus/tube/train before getting on (58%)
- Other commuters playing loud music or calls on speaker phone (55%)
- Other commuters not standing to the right on escalators (51%)
- Other commuters placing feet or bags on spare seats (49%)
- Roadworks and diversions (48%)
- Other travellers not having travel cards or payment ready for public transport (42%)
- Other people eating smelly food on public transport (40%)
- Having to make small talk with strangers on the journey (37%)
- Cyclists (28%)
A recent study conducted by a team at the University of Montreal, found it took commuters just 20 minutes of car, bus, bike or train travel to make you liable to chronic stress, which causes both physical and emotional exhaustion, and 35 minutes to make you significantly more cynical. Lead researcher Annie Barreck said employers should look at more flexible arrangements for workers.
“Managing employee commuting flexibly would increase employee efficiency and moreover enable organisations to attract or retain workers,” she said.
“In the current context of skill shortages, employers have everything to gain from facilitating the mental health of their employees.”