The UK commute is notoriously stressful, and can even go as far as negatively affecting the health and wellbeing of the nation’s workforce.
With UK workplace stress recently cited as being at an all-time high and the number one health and safety hazard at work, the daily commute is a contributory factor to this. Long commutes which extend the ‘working’ day, traffic congestion, rising transport costs and the problems around finding available car parking spaces are all rendering the UK commute a stressful experience. Many workers even arrive at their offices an hour or more earlier than they are due to start work, just to secure a car parking space.
Studies also reveal that the duration of commute directly correlates with increased risk of factors which can affect personal health. Longer commute times are associated with increased stress, higher blood pressure and body mass index, and reduced time available for health-promoting activities such as cooking, exercising and sleeping. Collectively, the impact of commuting on health is one directional.
According to data from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), 24 million people commute to work each day in England and Wales and over half of commuters (55%) say the commute increases their stress levels.
The average commute is 56 minutes, with London commuters reporting an average journey of 79 minutes. Other statistics revealed that:
The full report is available here.
These factors, coupled with the ever-rising costs of commuting, are contributing to a stressed nation. With workplace stress causing sickness and absenteeism as well as compromising productivity, it is a major concern for employers as it affects businesses both financially and operationally.
Faxi is actively working to help organisations improve the wellbeing of employees by offering a shared commuter transport solution, which can reduce the time spent commuting as well as significantly reduce daily travel costs for individuals. By sharing the journey to work, commuters can spend less time worrying about car parking as Faxi offers employers reserved priority car parking spaces to those who carpool to work, reducing the stress of finding a parking space and even enabling employees to travel to work later and therefore spend more time at home or indulging in other activities.