Why long commutes are bad for you

Long hours of commuting can not only make you tired and lethargic, but can also have an adverse effect on your work performance and health.

A study conducted by University of Cambridge and Vitality Health, Mercer and Rand Europe, found commuters who commuted for less than half and hour in a day, gained an extra 7 days’ worth of productive time each year as compared to those who commuted for an hour or more every day.

Commuting for longer duration has a significant impact on your mental well being. People who commute for longer duration are 33 per cent prone to suffer from depression, 40 per cent more likely to have financial worries, 21 per cent likelier to be obese and 12 per cent more likely to report work related issues. They are also inclined to have less than 8 hours of recommended sleep. This demonstrates how your daily travelling routine influences your health and work performance.

The research suggests that employees should perhaps be given flexible working arrangements as a prominent part of their workplace wellness strategy. Consequently, employees should be given the flexibility to avoid the rush hour commute. This will lead to a positive impact on their productivity.

Written by Loknath Das