Workers are bearing a heavier commuting burden, says report

Sep 23, 2014

Nearly a quarter of the business people canvassed in Regus’ research said that their journey to work took between 30 and 60 minutes, with 26% regularly travelling for over an hour each way – well above the national average.

Employees in large firms appear to endure the longest commutes. 

This is despite all the evidence that shorter commuting times boost employee productivity, motivation and work-life balance.

Commuting is often linked to the persistence of presenteeism in the British workplace. In a previous study, only two fifths of employees in Milton Keynes firms told Regus that managers in their company are being recognised and rewarded for encouraging flexible working.

Similarly, 85% said that managers are most likely to consider employees arriving early and leaving late as the most hard-working. These figures are well above the national averages.

Today (Wednesday) is Go Home on Time Day – the apex of National Work Life Week.

Regus managing director Steve Purdy said: “National Work Life Week and Go Home on Time Day provide an ideal opportunity for employers to encourage healthier working practices that benefit all staff, not just working parents.

“Cutting lengthy journeys to work should be top priority for any work-life balance initiative. But the commuting habit is proving hard to break, especially for large companies where presenteeism, entrenched management structures and inflexible premises are major stumbling blocks to reducing the amount of time people spend in the office.

“Firms that embrace the organisational and practical changes required to create a flexible workplace stand to reap substantial benefits.”

Regus has 300 business centres in the UK, including centres in Milton Keynes and Luton. 

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