Our analysis reveals there may be more to commuting than simply the time travelled. When considering the main mode of travel in addition to duration, a more nuanced pattern emerges. Employees who drove their car to work were overall less likely to think their commute has a positive impact on their overall quality of life, compared to those who cycle, walk and/or run to their workplace. The difference between the two groups is particularly striking for longer commuting times.
Two in three of the employees who drive to work for any longer than 45 minutes don’t think their commute contributes positively to their quality of life (66-67%). Among those who cycle, walk or run to work, even the longest commute is associated with perceived benefits. Half of those whose ‘physically active’ commute is over one hour long believe it has a positive impact (50%), with just over one in three disagreeing (38%). (Figure 2)
While commuting duration is associated with people’s satisfaction with it – and perhaps even with their willingness to commit to the workplace fully – it is just one side of the story.
Dreaded by some and cherished by others, the commute will probably continue to be around especially if the world of work becomes hybrid inclined, so forward-thinking organisations would be wise to gather data on their employees’ commuting patterns and take that into account. While the commute can be a dealbreaker for some, it can also attract others to the workplace.
1 Leesman Journey to Workplace, N= 9,497, Q3 2021 – Q1 2022.
2 Leesman Office and/or Leesman Home Working, N=75,847, Q3 2021 – Q1 2022.
3 Leesman Journey to Workplace and Days in Workplace modules, N=2,724, Q3 2021 – Q1 2022