A 20 Min Extra Commute Is Worse On The Mind Than A Pay Cut

Samuel Reason | October 14th, 2018

A new study into what is seen as most negative when it comes to our daily work routines shows that being told you will need to commute an extra 20 mins to get home is just as bad as being informed about a pay cut. When it comes to job satisfaction it seems that commuting time is just as important as pay levels.

telegraph.co.uk

Research conducted by the University of the West of England found that every extra second spent commuting translates into a worse mental state due to it removing from the time where you can leisure and enjoy life. The study showed that longer travel had an immediate effect on wellbeing, due to the perceived loss of free time.

The study also showed that long journeys by bus were the main culprit when it came to job dissatisfaction, and could even result in people quitting to find something easier to travel to. Walking to work or walking home saw the best increase in job satisfaction, and biking also helped as an employee felt he was taking control of his own health.

For a woman it seems commuting has an even more adverse effect as during the research a much higher percentage of women reported long commutes being the cause of their job unhappiness than men. This could be down to them having greater household and family responsibilities, meaning that any reduction in their time is even greater.

Stress from work and the idea that we do not have time to relax, are unfortunately some of the worst parts of modern life. When you factor in long commutes and traffic jams, it is understandable why people can suddenly become dissatisfied with their job lives. A great counter to this is to ensure you are always planning things to do when you do have time off, make the best of your weekends and don’t let long commutes get you down!

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