Brits waste 4.6 million hours a day commuting

British workers use 4.6 million hours a day commuting, according to a survey which also found that 62% of us would like to reduce the time we spend travelling to and from work.

The survey of 2,000 adults finds 62% of commuters want to reduce the time they spend travelling to and from work, with the biggest frustrations being stuck in traffic (42%), issues with public transport (38%), travelling in the dark (36%) and cost (30%).

The report reveals how British workers believe they could significantly reduce the astonishing 26 million hours a day they spend travelling to and from work, by adopting a smarter approach to commuting. The most popular solutions include home working (34%), varying start and finish times (22%) and using technology to enable flexible and remote working (32%).

However, workers are facing barriers to adopting smarter commuting, with 46% saying bosses won’t allow them to work from home or work flexible hours. This is despite almost one in four commuters voicing concerns about the amount of time they waste that could be used more productively.

The report also suggests that smart commuting could have a positive impact on the British workforce, helping them to become fitter, healthier and more relaxed. Over a third (35%) of commuters said they would spend more time with family; 31% would take more exercise; 22% would make healthier meals; and 21% would take up a new hobby or join an evening class. A cheeky 16% even revealed they would make the most of the extra time by spicing up their love life.

Graham Jones, Internet Psychologist, said: “Bosses who insist that people all go to work at the same time and stick to a set routine are actually weakening their business. That’s because people generally don’t like being told how to run their life; they feel their boss is controlling them and therefore are actually less motivated. Using the Internet, for instance, to gain increased flexibility means that motivation levels in office staff could rise as people feel more in control of their own destiny.”

The survey and report were compiled by Citrix GoToMyPC, the remote Internet working specialist.

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