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1,500 respondents were asked about their commutes © iStock

3 June 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Commuting is having a detrimental effect on the UK workforce's productivity, well-being, family life and social life, according to a study by Office Space in Town.


The office provider’s survey of more than 1,500 people discovered that more than a third of respondents (36 per cent) commute for more than 90 minutes a day.


It also reveals that among the top commuting complaints were: long journeys (32 per cent), overcrowding (27 per cent), and delays and frequent cancellations (26.01 per cent).


The study shows that despite a high demand for employer provisions to help alleviate the stress of the commute – such as flexible or remote working and season ticket loans – 43 per cent of employees state that these are not currently offered by their employers.


And 75 per cent of people who were surveyed say they take the commute into account when making their employment decisions and that there is a lot that employers could be doing to minimise the negative impact on employee attraction and retention.