Staff spend longer travelling to the office now than in 2003
Calls for more employees to be able to work from home may just have got more vocal, after research published today confirmed what many employees already knew – that commuting to work is getting longer and longer.
The research, aggregated from ONS data by space management company, Cloudbooking, reveals the average commute for employees now lasts nearly an hour (54 minutes) – which is an increase of 8 minutes since 2003. It now means the average worker spends an eye-watering 11 weeks commuting every year.
According to Gerry Brennan, CEO of Cloudbooking, the ONS data is particularly shocking given the difference in technology between then and now. ONS finds many more people should be working from home, but some 87% of British employees still carry out ‘work’ at their employer’s premises.
He said: “Research by Stanford University has already proved remote workers are 13% more productive and take fewer sick days than their commuting colleagues.”
He added: “We are only really scratching the surface of how working could be. Progress towards home-working is still slow, but the improvements to employers could be vast. This doesn’t even take into account the maintenance savings that could be made on British roads by using them less.”
Brennan said: “In a century’s time future generations will look at what life was like in 2015, and wonder why were we all sitting on the M25.”