Commuting issues drive stressed-out employees over the edge

Almost half of UK employers said that commuting problems caused undue stress for their employees, and 41% said transport issues were responsible for making staff late on a regular basis, according to a survey by the CBI.

More than one-third of the 500 company bosses and 531 employees questioned said that travel difficulties also had a negative effect on recruitment and retention.

Despite the fact that 57% of employers said they had addressed travel problems by allowing more flexible working arrangements and 21% had developed travel plans to reduce staff reliance on cars, staff believed their organisations were unlikely to introduce initiatives to cut congestion or improve their journeys into work.

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Among the employers surveyed, 11% said they had been forced to relocate within the UK due to transport problems and 15% said that transport issues had affected their access to labour markets.

Many businesses also said that transport issues had damaged the company’s growth, profitability and reputation, often for employee-related reasons, such as staff arriving late and being stressed while at work as a result.

Options such as homeworking and video-conferencing would enable staff to travel less in the future for 29% of employers, but 68% expected the use of transport to increase. And 93% do not believe that new technology and working practices will solve the problem.

Among employees, 86% said that new technologies and changing work patterns were not the answer to addressing the country’s transportation difficulties, but 22% said they would like to work from home full-time and 51% said they would like to do so occasionally.

www.cbi.org.uk

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